Politički skandal u SAD (1972-74), nastao posle otkrivanja "provalnika" u štab Demokratske stranke (u zgradi Votergejt), gde su postavili uređaje za prisluškivanje, (istragom je utvrđeno da su prisluškivanje izvele pristalice Republikanske stranke radi kontrolisanja izborne kampanje, tako da je ova afera kompromitovala državnu upravu, pa je predsednik Ričard Nikson morao podneti ostavku).
Veliki politički skandal.
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Množina reči Watergate je Watergates.
Watergate · Watergate scandal
US political scandal, named for the building in Washington, DC that housed the Democrats’ campaign headquarters in the 1972 presidential election. Five men, hired by the Republican Committee to Reelect the President (CREEP), were caught after breaking into the Watergate with complex electronic surveillance equipment. Investigations revealed that the White House was implicated in the break-in, and that there was a “slush fund”, used to finance unethical activities, including using the CIA and the Internal Revenue Service for political ends, setting up paramilitary operations against opponents, altering and destroying evidence, and bribing defendants to lie or remain silent. In Aug 1974, President Nixon was forced by the Supreme Court to surrender to Congress tape recordings of conversations he had held with administration officials, which indicated his complicity in a cover-up. Nixon resigned rather than face impeachment for obstruction of justice and other crimes.