American Presidential Scandals…#170

Let me start with, that I respect the “Office” of the President, and what that office is suppose to represent. Nonetheless, federal executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government have been plagued with political scandals since the beginning of our history. Many decisions are controversial many decisions are unpopular. Scandals are not new to America.
America has a long history of unfavorable happenings, I have been researching scandals for some time, and here are a few that you might find an interesting read. I also discovered new information that I had never been aware of:

1700 – 2020…

President Andrew Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act.

Ulysses S. Grant’s Whiskey Ring – Massive corruption of administration involving whiskey taxes, bribery and kickbacks.

President Warren G. Harding’s administration was marred by scandals stemming from men in his administration who followed him from Ohio, who came to be known as the Ohio Gang.

Alexander Hamilton (Federalist Party), Secretary of the Treasury, had an affair with Maria Reynolds while both were married to other people. Reynolds’ husband blackmailed Hamilton who paid to maintain secrecy.

Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican-Virginia), President, was publicly accused of fathering the children of his slave Sally Heming’s, by journalist James Callender.

James Buchanan (Democrat), U.S. Senator, diplomat, later President of the United States, and William Rufus King (Democrat-North Carolina) who served as Vice-President under Franklin Pierce and who died in 1853 before Buchanan became president, were the subject of scandalous gossip alleging a homosexual affair in Washington, D.C., for many years. Andrew Jackson referred to King as “Miss Nancy”.


Grover Cleveland, President (Democrat-New York): During the 1884 presidential race the news broke that Cleveland had paid child support to the widowed Maria Crofts Halpin for her son Oscar Folsom Cleveland, born in 1874. [Halpin accused Cleveland of raping her, leading to her pregnancy, and she accused him of later institutionalizing her against her will to gain control of their child.

Woodrow Wilson President (Democrat) allegedly had an affair with Mary Allen Hulbert, whom he met in 1907 when he was president of Princeton University.

Warren Harding President (Republican), reportedly had affairs with Carrie Phillips and Nan Britton during the 1910s and early 1920s prior to his death in 1923.

Franklin D. Roosevelt had various extra-marital affairs beginning in 1914 and continuing until the day he died in 1945.

President Harry Truman, a Justice Department investigation of the Internal Revenue Service led to the firing or resignation of 166 lower level employees, causing him to be stained with charges of corruption.


John F. Kennedy President (Democrat), has been linked to a number of extramarital affairs, including allegations of involvement with Marilyn Monroe, with Judith Campbell Exner[40] and with intern Mimi Alford during 1962–1963.

Lyndon B. Johnson President (Democrat), had extramarital affairs with multiple women over the years, in particular with Alice Marsh who assisted him politically.

Richard Nixon Vice presidential candidate delivered the “Checkers speech” to deflect scandal about $18,000 in gifts, maintaining the only personal gift he had received was a dog.

Spiro Agnew Vice President was convicted of tax fraud stemming from bribery charges in Maryland and forced to resign. Gerald R. Ford was nominated by Nixon to replace Agnew as Vice President, becoming the first person appointed to the Vice Presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment.

President Richard Nixon ordered the cover up of the burglary and ‘bugging’ of the Democratic Party National Headquarters at the Watergate complex. The cover up by Nixon and his staff resulted in 69 government officials being charged and 48 being convicted or pleading guilty. Eventually, Nixon resigned his office rather than face impeachment.

President George H. W. Bush denied any knowledge of the Iran–Contra affair during his election campaign by saying he was “out of the loop”. His own diaries of that time, though, stated, “I’m one of the few people that know fully the details …” He repeatedly refused to disclose this to investigators during the investigation and thus won the election.

President Bill Clinton was accused by the House of Representatives and impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice for lying under oath about consensual sexual relations with a member of his staff, Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was acquitted by the Senate and remained in office for the rest of his term. Clinton subsequently was cited for contempt of court by the Arkansas Law Association and agreed to a five-year suspension.

George W Bush White House email controversy – During investigation it was discovered that the Bush administration used Republican National Committee web servers for millions of emails, which were then destroyed, lost or deleted in possible violation of the Presidential Records Act and the Hatch Act. Bush administration payments to columnists were done with federal funds to say nice things about Republican policies. Illegal payments were made to journalists Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher and Michael McManus.

  • President Donald Trump, his children, the 2016 Trump election campaign, the Trump Inaugural Committee and/or the White House were being investigated by 10 federal criminal, 8 state and local, and 11 congressional investigations, according to the New York Times. This does not include investigations into administration officials or closed investigations led by Special Counsel for the Department of Justice Robert Mueller. The Mueller investigation resulted in 34 indictments, and seven convictions or guilty pleas While adhering to Justice Department policy barring the indictment of a sitting president, the Special Counsel did pass on to Congress “numerous instances in which President Trump may have obstructed justice.” Moreover, he continues…This individual has done or said so many vile things it is hard to keep up with it all. The only thing that I have not heard him called is the “Antichrist.

Not my opinion…history facts!



8 thoughts on “American Presidential Scandals…#170

  1. How Trump supporters can so easily deflect they vile things he says and how he treats people is beyond me. He is not the first corrupt president, but I believe he is the first to have no regard for the office or the American people.

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    1. Right, I am an “Old American”, seen many presidents come and go; he is the most disrespectful of them all. Sure, the cheating on anything the president does is wrong; but his is ongoing. He has tarnished the Office of the President in so many ways. He was born innocent, life and his mentors made him; and this country will be great again, but only after he is no longer president. Thank you for your comment, it is always welcomed at The Last Chapter. E.


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