Richard Nixon & Watergate

Sean Evans

5 Facts on Richard Nixon and Watergate

1. In the morning of June 17th, 191972, burglars were arrested in the office of the Democratic National Committee, which was in the Watergate building in Washington D.C.. They were caught trying to wiretap phones and steal documents. These people were connected to Richard Nixon's reelection campaign.

2. Richard Nixon took steps after the scandal happened to try and cover it up. He tried to raise "hush money" for the burglars, tried to stop the FBI from investigating the crimes, destroyed evidence, and fired certain staff members.

3. Nixon secretly taped every conversation he had in the oval office. He at first refused to give the tapes up, but overtime he was forced to give some of them up, but he did not give them all away. It was then discovered that some of the parts of the tapes were missing. He claimed that the recorder just stopped working and he did not notice.

4. The House of Representatives voted to impeach Nixon for his role in the Watergate Scandal. They voted to impeach him for obstruction of justice, abuse of power, criminal cover-up, and several violations of the Constitution.

5. Richard Nixon ended up resigning from office on August 8th, 1974. He resigned from his presidency to avoid being impeached by the Senate, which he for sure was going to be. George Bush recommended he resign from office to avoid being impeached.

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Connections

1. Gerald Ford- Gerald Ford became President after Richard Nixon resigned. Six weeks after he became president, he officially pardoned Nixon for any crimes he had committed while in office. Gerald Ford was the Vice President of Richard Nixon.

2. Bob Woodward- Bob Woodward during the Watergate scandal was a journalist for the Washington Post. Him, along with Carl Bernstein were credited for uncovering a great deal of detail and information about the Watergate Scandal. Their reports won them a Pulitzer Prize. And they sold a best-selling book called "All the Presidents men". In 2005, Bob Woodward announced that he had received information about Watergate from W. Mark Felt, a former associate director of the FBI.