After the release of the Pentagon Papers which took the entire country by surprise, Nixon was extremely worried that his secretive actions would be released to the public as well. Attempting to protect his reputation and eliminate opponents, Nixon created the White House Plumbers, a covert White House Special Investigations Unit established on July 24, 1971. The Plumbers had to prevent leaks of classified information to the public. While working for CREEP (Committee to Re-elect the President), the members became involved in illegal activities which greatly damaged the reputation of the government when the actions were exposed. The Plumbers are demonstrated in the political cartoon as it shows Nixon’s “scepter” being a plunger with the words “Plumbers friend” below it to describe the close relations between Nixon and the Plumbers. The plunger features the “seal” of the U.S. to show how Nixon utilized them for his own gain.