Richard Nixon and Watergate

By Jesus Orozco

Facts

  • The burglars used tape to hold open the latches on door locks at the DNC offices
  • Presidential aide Alexander Butterflied did publicly in the televised Watergate hearings in July 1973, but he privately told investigators the same details a few days prior to the TV appearance
  • On July 24, 1974, a unanimous Supreme Court ordered Nixon to surrender the White House tapes.
  • The House Judiciary committee drew up three impeachment articles on a Saturday night, July 27, 1974, in a process that started in February 1974. Nixon acknowledged in an August 5, 1974 statement about the Smoking Gun tape that he would most likely face a full House impeachment vote and a Senate trial.
  • The Post had an undeniable critical role in breaking the scandal, especially with scoops from a source called Deep Throat, but theNew York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Newsday had scoops, too.
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Watergate

The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s, following a break-in at the Democratic National

Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. and President Richard Nixon's administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement.

Sam J ErvIn was the head of the senate's select committee on presidential campaign activities that broke the Watergate scandal.