The President of the
United States is a crook by Steve Payne
says: what if the Watergate Scandal had broken much earlier? Please note
that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the
views of the author(s).
In 1973, Spiro T. Agnew
resigned the presidency to contest criminal charges of extortion, tax fraud,
bribery and conspiracy; on the same day he was formally charged with
accepting bribes totaling more than $100,000 whilst holding office since
1962 as Baltimore County Executive, Governor of Maryland and Vice President.
The scandal quietly fizzled out over the next decade; Agnew was allowed to
plead no contest to a single charge that he had failed to report $29,500
of income received in 1967. In January 1983, he paid the state of Maryland
nearly $270,000 as a result of a civil suit that stemmed from the bribery
Whilst satirists published cartoon strips of Agnew and Nixon sharing a
prison cell, leading journalists soundly condemned Nelson Rockefeller for
failing to bring to bear the full force of law against either of his two
Born Spiro Anagnostopoulos in 1918, he was the first Greek American to
hold high political office, an achievement that would be repeated at the
1988 election which brought to power Michael Dukakis.
says this alternative biography is based on an article on
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