The Watergate Scandal
- June 17, 1972 many burglars were arrested inside the office of Democratic National Committee.
- The prowlers were connected to President Nixon's reelection Campaign.
- Burglars were caught while trying to wiretap phones and steal secret documents.
- Historians say Nixon covered it up by giving the burglars "hush money".
- Nixon tried to stop FBI from investigating the crime by destroying evidence and firing uncooperative staff members.
After the spies were caught it later came that Nixon was not being so truthful after all. Nixon so call gave the burglars "hush money". This was a very serious crime. Seven conspirators were indicated on charges related to the Watergate affair. Nixon struggled to protect his tapes during summer and fall of 1973. Nixon agreed to surrender some but not all of the tapes.
March 1, a grand jury called Nixon an "unindicted co-conspirator". House of Representatives voted to impeach him for several different reasons.
- General Ford became new President after Richard Nixon was impeached. He pardoned Nixon for any crimes he committed while in office.
- Bob Woodward uncovered the details of the scandal. His reporting won him a Pulitzer Prize.