When five men were arrested in an attempt to bug Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate complex, no one anticipated that it would be the start of a scandal that would rock American politics for years to come. A $25,000 check that connected the burglars to President Nixon’s re-election campaign began a two year investigation into how much the President knew and when. Facing impeachment in the House of Representatives for refusing to provide taped documentation of his conversations, Nixon resigned on August 8, 1974. He became the first president to resign from office saying, "I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America."
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings:
The Lewinsky Scandal:
Bill Clinton’s affair with twenty-two year old intern Monica Lewinsky prompted a political scandal that would lead to the President’s impeachment. Lewinsky confided details of her relationship to coworker Linda Tripp, who in turn taped the conversations. Clinton denied the affair saying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” and when Tripp’s tapes were brought to light, faced charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. On December 19, 1998,
During his campaign for president in 1884, it was revealed that Grover Cleveland had an affair with and fathered a child by a woman named Maria Halpin.
Warren Harding’s administration was marred by many scandals, the greatest being that of the