Nixon & the Watergate scandal
By Jonathan Venegas
Woodward and Bernstein were the reporters on this case in 1972 and later became known with investigative journalism, receiving wide acclaim for their journalistic work. In addition to breaking the story, their in-depth reporting and powerful writing sparked one of the greatest political upsets in American history: Nationwide news coverage; investigations by the House Judiciary Committee, Senate Watergate Committee and Watergate Special prosecutor; and, ultimately, President Nixon's resignation and the criminal conviction of many others.
5 Facts on the Watergate scandal
- The release of the Smoking Gun tape, among 64 recordings that Nixon was forced to surrender by the Supreme Court, ended the Watergate drama.
- The smoking gun tape showed Nixon ordering a cover-up of the break-in right after it happened in June 1972.
- The burglars used tape to hold open the latches on door locks at the DNC offices. A sharp-eyed security guard, Frank Wills, saw the tape and called police.
- The first Bernstein and Woodward report came on June 19, 1972.
- After Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson quit after refusing to fire Cox, and Richardson’s aide, William Ruckelshaus, was fired for not firing Richardson .