The Worst Political Scandals Of All Time!

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Political scandals include a wide range of factors, from passion scandals to corrupt actions meant to gain them access to power and money. In most cases, corruption is the leading factor. Here are some of the best-known scandals that occurred throughout history, involving famous politicians and state figures.

1. The Watergate Scandal

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Very few political scandals in world history have had such a huge impact than the Watergate scandal, under Richard Nixon’s presidency. As a matter of fact, Nixon is probably one of the politicians whose career was utterly and irrevocably destroyed by a scandal. Watergate occurred in the early 1970’s following a break-in on June 1972 at the Watergate Complex hosting the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in Washigton D.C. When President Nixon’s administration tried to cover up its involvement in the break-in, the conspiracy was discovered and an investigation started by the U.S. Congress, leading to a constitutional crisis. A wide series of illegal and clandestine activities were discovered as a result of the investigation, involving harassment, spying and illegal intimidation methods of political figures or members of activist movements.

Following the release of a series of tapes where Nixon was admitting to knowing about the illegal activities and about the break-in at Watergate Offices, the President was forced to resign. 69 people from his administration were indicted, 25 of them being found guilty in the case. Following his resignation, Nixon was succeeded by Vice President Gerald Ford as President, who on September 8, 1974, issued a full and unconditional pardon of the former head of state. The pardon was basically offering him immunity from prosecution for any potential crimes committed during his presidential mandate.

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