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The 20 biggest political scandals in the world

Espresso Logo By Didier Bert of Espresso | Slide 2 of 21: On the night of June 17, 1972, five burglars were arrested for breaking into the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC, headquarters of the American Democratic Party. The criminals were carrying surveillance equipment. After numerous revelations, it was discovered that US President Richard Nixon was at the heart of the plan to listen in on his opponents. He also tried to cover up the scandal before being forced to resign. His resignation allowed him to avoid the humiliation of being impeached.

Watergate

On the night of June 17, 1972, five burglars were arrested for breaking into the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC, headquarters of the American Democratic Party. The criminals were carrying surveillance equipment. After numerous revelations, it was discovered that US President Richard Nixon was at the heart of the plan to listen in on his opponents. He also tried to cover up the scandal before being forced to resign. His resignation allowed him to avoid the humiliation of being impeached.

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