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What were the Key Features of the Watergate Scandal?

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What were the Key Features of the Watergate Scandal? The Watergate Scandal aroused many questions about the power of the Government. The whole scandal was sparked off by the arrest of 'The Plumbers', 5 members of CREEP, who tried to burgle the Watergate Building, the Democratic Headquarters. The burglars were found surveillance equipment and important document, which led to major Government Investigation. The investigation uncovered a much bigger story and eventually led to the resignation of President Nixon. The scandal had many positive and negative effects. One of the main negative effects was the decline of public confidence in the American Government. ...read more.

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A large number of the American Government were also shown to be corrupt when 31 of Nixon's advisors were sacked. The Watergate Scandal didn't just have negative effects; there were some positive ones too. Firstly Congress realised that the President had too much power and tried to limit it by passing the following acts: * The War Powers Act, 1973, required the President to consult Congress before sending American troops into prolonged action. * The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, 1974. This was meant that the President could not use government money for his own purposes. * The Election Campaign Act of 1972 was strengthened in 1974, setting limits on campaign contributions to prevent corruption. ...read more.

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In Conclusion I think that the Watergate Scandal had more negative effects than positive ones. I think this because the impact the Scandal had, was a long term one and it was spread all over the world. After the Scandal America didn't seem to have the Free World image it had before. The Scandal also seemed to coincide with the decline of America in 1970s. Due to the media and the large part it played in uncovering the scandal gave the whole world a chance to hear about Nixon's involvement but the full truth was never revealed. This may have been so America would be able to salvage some of its pride. ...read more.

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