American Watergate Scandal (How? (Early in 1974, the cover-up and efforts…
American Watergate Scandal
At Democratic National Committee headquarters, there is break-in that led to an investigation that revealed multiple abuses of power by the Nixon administration.
On May 1972, members of Nixon's Committee to Re-Elect the President broke into the Democratic National Committee's Watergate headquarters, stole copies of top-secret document and bugged the office's phones.
On June 17, a group of five men returned to the Watergate building. They prepared to break into the office with a new microphone but a security guard noticed someone had taped over several of the building's door locks.
On August, Nixon gave a speech in which he swore that his White House staff was not involved in the break-in.
On November 1972, the president was re-elected in a landslide victory.
On January 1973, seven conspirators were indicated on charges that related to the Watergate affair. Five pleaded guilty to avoid trial while the other two were convicted at the urging of Nixon's aides
On October 20, 1973, when Cox refused to stop demanding the tapes, Nixon ordered that he be fired because he leading several Justice Department officials to resign in protest and it is known as the Saturday Night Massacre. Nixon agreed to surrender but not all-of the tapes.
Early in 1974, the cover-up and efforts to impede the Watergate investigation began unravel.
On march 1, 1974, a grand jury appointed by a new special prosecutor indicted seven of Nixon;s former aides on various charges that related to the Watergate affair. The jury called Nixon an "unindicted co-conspirator".
On July, the Supreme Court ordered Nixon to turn over the tapes.
On August 5, Nixon released the tapes, which provided undeniable evidence of his complicity in the Watergate crimes.
On August 8, Nixon resigned in disgrace and left his office on the following day.
On 6 weeks later, Vice President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon for any crimes that he had committed while in office. Nixon himself never admitted to any criminal wrongdoing, though he did acknowledge using poor judgement.
It began early in the morning of June 17, 1972 when several burglars were arrested in the office of the Democratic National Committee.
The office of the Democratic National Committee was located in the Watergate complex of buildings in Washington, D.C.
Nixon was not being truthful. He and his aides hatched a plan to instruct the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to impede the FBI's investigation on the crime.
Reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein deserve a great deal of the credit for uncovering the details of the Watergate scandal.