Watergate Timeline

watergate scandal

On June 17th, 1972, five men were caught breaching into the headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. These men were sent by Nixon in an effort to find “dirt” on the democratic party and to assure Nixon would be re-elected. These men were part of the CREEP, the committee to re-elect the president. Nixon lied about his involvement with the incident and ordered the CIA to stop the FBI in further investigation, what he called as an obstruction of justice. In January of 1973, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward uncovered the “slush fund” and other evidence that led people to believe the scandal was linked to the White House. In May of 1973, Alexander Butterfield led the Senate Committee to Nixon’s private tapes. Upon confrontation, Nixon refused to release these tapes and claimed executive privelege. He later released altered recordings but the Supreme Court ordered him to release the unaltered tapes. The unaltered tapes then presented concrete evidence that Nixon was in fact guilty. Nixon refused to resign until he was threatened with impeachment. On August 9th, 1974, Nixon resigned and on the following day, Gerald Ford was sworn into the presidential office.


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