Richard Nixon and Watergate

By: Christopher Dorsett

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Facts about the Watergate Scandal and Richard Nixon's involvement

1. The Watergate Scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the US in the 1970s as a result of the June 17, 1972, break in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington DC.

2. The Nixon administration tried to cover up their involvement but when it was discovered by and investigated by congress the administrations resistance led to a constitutional crisis.

3. It was found out through a series of different investigations that President Nixon had a tape recording system in his offices that recorded many conversations.

4. This scandal led to the finding out of several other instances when President Nixon abused his power.

5. With the combination of the public scrutiny and all the incriminating evidence against him and the threat of being impeached President Nixon resigned on August 9 1974.

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The Watergate Hotel

This is just a picture of the Watergate hotel which is located in Washington DC.

The Watergate Scandal

Early in the morning of June 17, 1972, several burglars were arrested inside the office of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), located in the Watergate building in Washington, D.C. This was no ordinary robbery: The burglars were connected to President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign and they had been caught while attempting to wiretap phones and steal secret documents.


While historians are not sure whether Nixon knew about the Watergate operation before it happened, he took steps to cover it up afterwards, raising hush money for the burglars, trying to stop the FBI from investigating the crime, destroying evidence and firing uncooperative staff members. In August 1974, after his role in the Watergate conspiracy had finally come to light, he resigned as president of the United States. His successor, Gerald Ford, immediately pardoned Nixon for all the crimes he committed or may have committed while in office.

1st Connection Gerald Ford

I think that Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon are connected because Gerald Ford to over for Nixon when he resigned and excused him of all the crimes he committed as soon as he took office.

2nd Connection Bob Woodward

I think that Bob Woodward and Richard Nixon are connected because Woodward was the one who reported and wrote articles about the Watergate Scandal and exposed Nixon for what he did