From Watergate to Weinergate: 40 Years of Infamous 'Gates'

By Lauren Vicary and Kirsten Salyer - 2012-06-14T20:34:33Z

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When nominating people to become U.S. Attorney General, make sure to check their nanny records. President Bill Clinton had to learn that lesson twice in 1993. His first nominee, Zoe Baird, and her husband had employed two illegal immigrants to work as nanny and driver and didn't pay Social Security taxes for them. Clinton knew this -- and nominated her anyway, which resulted in public outrage that he had selected someone who had put herself above the law. The following month, word came out that Clinton's next choice, federal judge Kimba Wood, also had employed an illegal immigrant as a nanny.