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The paper examines American political history, and shows how scandals have carried serious implications for the politicians involved. The paper discusses the affair between President Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky, Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal, the Bush-Cheney team's alleged election fraud and finally, Governor Rod Blagojevich's attempt to sell President-Elect Barack Obama's senate seat. The paper points out how attempts by the guilty to cover-up their wrongdoing affects public opinion more adversely than the crime itself.
From the Paper:"On January 21, 1998, the Washington Post printed a story that revealed an affair between President Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky. (Schmidt) The details of the affair leaked when Lewinsky's confidant, Linda Tripp, told Special Investigator Kenneth Starr about the affair.
"Eventually, the investigation would lead to Clinton providing depositions in court. During the deposition, Clinton divulged that he did have an improper relationship with Mrs. Lewinsky. (Schmidt) His admission at this stage led to perjury charges, and as an additional penalty, Clinton was disbarred from practicing cases before the Supreme Court. (Gearan) Congress then voted to impeach the President. Ultimately, Clinton was acquitted in the Senate, and was allowed to remain in office. The Monica Lewinsky affair proved to be a political scandal because it exposed government officials telling lies to the public. Even though it was s sex scandal, the repercussions from the scandal were political in nature. Republicans accused democrats of being immoral, and mendacious."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Schmidt, Susan "Clinton Accused of Urging Aide to Lie" Washington Post 21 Jan. 1998
- Gearan, Anne "Clinton Disbarred from Supreme Court" [Online] Available http://famguardian.org/Subjects/LawAndGovt/News/ClintonDisbar-011001.htm
- "Equal Protection Clause United States Constitution" [Online] Available http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.amendmentxiv.html
- White, Theodore Breach of Faith the Fall of Richard Nixon New York Anthenem Publishers p. 28
- Coen, Jeff , Pearson, Rick, "Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrested on federal charges" Chicago Tribune 9 Dec. 2008
Cite this Term Paper:
Political Scandals (2010, June 03) Retrieved January 28, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/political-scandals-120095/
"Political Scandals" 03 June 2010. Web. 28 January. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/political-scandals-120095/>