Watergate Scandal Facts

Watergate Scandal Facts
The Watergate scandal was a series of political scandals that took place in the United States between 1972 and 1974, under the administration of former President Richard Milhous Nixon. Watergate refers to the Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C., a popular and desirable living space in Washington, where the political scandals unfolded. On June 17th, 1972 five men were caught breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters, after they had used tape to keep doors unlocked. Their arrests led to the discovery of many serious abuses of power by the Nixon administration that resulted in 48 people being found guilty of serious offences and Nixon's resignation as President.
Interesting Watergate Scandal Facts:
The security guard who noticed the burglars' tape on the doors at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee was Frank Wills.
A source called 'Deep Throat' provided the Post with scoops about the Watergate scandal as more information became available. In the beginning newspapers began to report that they suspected the burglary was done by Nixon's aides.
As the Watergate scandal became public it was discovered that there were illegal wire taps and recordings of conversations. Nixon's tapes proved his illegal activities and that of his staff.
The burglary in which the five men were arrested was actually an attempt to repair the wiretapping devices in the phones of the DNC.
Nixon's administration was wiretapping to try to gain the upper hand in an attempt to be re-elected. Nixon was re-elected in November, 1972, as President of the United States, for a second term.
In April, 1973, four of Nixon's aides, including John Dean, H.R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman, and Richard G. Kleindienst. These were Nixon's White House counsel, chief of staff, assistant for democratic affairs, and Attorney General, respectively.
In May of 1973 hearings opened into the Watergate affair by the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities. The hearings were nationally broadcast on television.
During the Watergate hearings it was revealed that Nixon had recorded all of his conversations in the White House, secretly, since 1971.
Several times Nixon is ordered by the court to turn over his secret tape recordings but he refuses.
The Supreme Court ruled in July, 1974 that Nixon had to turn over more than 64 recordings, immediately, to Leon Jaworski, the special prosecutor.
Three says after the Supreme Court ruling three articles of impeachment are approved by the House Judiciary Committee against President Nixon. The impeachment recommendations were sent to the House of Representatives to be voted on.
The tapes prove that Nixon had full knowledge of the entire cover-up from the very beginning of the Watergate scandal.
On August 8, 1974, Nixon gave a televised speech and resigned his position as President of the United States.
On August 9, 1974, Vice President Gerald Ford became the U.S. President.
Former President Nixon was pardoned by President Gerald Ford on September 8, 1974.
President Nixon is quoted as saying, during an interview with David Frost, "I'm saying that when the president does it, that means it's not illegal."

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