The Watergate Break-in
On June 17, 1972, police apprehended five men attempting to break into and wiretap Democratic party offices. With two other accomplices they were tried and convicted in Jan., 1973. All seven men were either directly or indirectly employees of President Nixon's reelection committee, and many persons, including the trial judge, John J. Sirica, suspected a conspiracy involving higher-echelon government officials. In March, James McCord, one of the convicted burglars, wrote a letter to Sirica charging a massive coverup of the burglary. His letter, along with the reporting (from 1972) in the Washington Post on the break-in and the involvement of the reelection committee and the Nixon administration, transformed the affair into a political scandal of unprecedented magnitude.
Sections in this article:
- The Watergate Break-in
- The Investigations
- Nixon's Resignation and the Aftermath
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