Watergate: Implications for Responsible Government (1974) Frederick C. Mosher & Others.

Watergate scandal is notably one of the worst revelations on abuse of power by United States president. The ensuing investigations and findings exposed President Richard Nixon’s excesses in power in collaboration with his top administrators. The overriding issue from the congressional findings was obstruction of justice as President Nixon made efforts to cover up the scandal. The executive authority of the presidency and its immunity from restraint by the congress posed a constitutional crisis (Mosher 67). In fact, the ensuing dismissal of judicial officials such as Archibald Cox, resignation of Elliot Richardson, and Nixon’s resignation before impeachment created a complex situation. This situation provided an opportunity to constitution reform towards political discipline. Creation of the Independent counsel Act provided an impartial way to investigate and bring to justice high profile government officials suspected of integrity issues without intervention of the president.
The issue is important as it explores the underlying conflict among various arms of government and risks of excessive executive power (Mosher 81). Taking an example of the current stages and approaches of passing a bill in American congress, a lot can be learnt. In some critical bills, the congress can still vote and bypass president if he fails to sign it to law. The increased oversight and approval role of senate and congress on executive actions has acted as deterrent to a repeat of Watergate incidence. The landmark resignation of President Nixon, prosecution of a number of his staff and introduction of Independent Counsel Act shed light on the need for responsible governance.

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