Watergate Scandal

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  • Break-in at Watergate Hotel

    Break-in at Watergate Hotel
    Frank Wills was a young security guard who called the police after finding masking tape on the doors. He took it off and found it again and that was when he called the police at 1:47 a.m. Police arrested the suspects at 2:30 a.m. Arrested were former CIA agent James McCord.
  • Watergate burglars indicted

    Watergate burglars indicted
    Five men- Frank Sturgis, Bernard Barker, Eugenio Martinez, Virgilio Gonzalez, and James McCord were indicted for the break-in. Gordon Liddy and Howard Hunt were also indicted. McCord and Liddy provide investigators with a link to the Nixon campaign.
  • CREEP implicated in espionage ring

    CREEP implicated in espionage ring
    CREEP is involved in political espionage, and its clandestine activities are financed by a secret fund controlled by former Attorney Mitchell.
  • Senate Watergate Committee established

    Senate Watergate Committee established
    By a 77-0 vote, the Senate establishes the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign.
  • First round of White House resignations

    First round of White House resignations
    In a nationally televised speech, Nixon announces the resignations of White House staff.
  • Archibald Cox appointed special prosecutor

    Archibald Cox appointed special prosecutor
    McCord says he was pressured to say he was guilty and stay quiet for no punishment to him.
  • Denials by former Attorney General Mitchell

    Denials by former Attorney General Mitchell
    Mitchell says he didn't give the "ok" to the break-in and didn't tell Nixon.
  • Denials by Haldeman

    Denials by Haldeman
    Haldeman admits that he gave money for "dirty tricks" and denies that the president had any knowledge of cover-up.
  • Segretti testifies about dirty tricks

    Segretti testifies about dirty tricks
    Segretti, a paid "political prankster" played dirty tricks to get Muskie out of the president campaign and made bogus posters.
  • Agnew resigns

    Agnew resigns
    Nixons vice president resigns from setting up incoming vice president.
  • Saturday Night Massacre

    Saturday Night Massacre
    Nixon didn't want to give out the tapes. Richardson resigns, Rucleshaus gets fired, and Cox is fired by Bork. FBI sealed off their entire teams.
  • Leon Jaworski named special prosecutor

    Leon Jaworski named special prosecutor
    Attorney Bork named Attorney Jaworski as new special prosecutor.
  • Nixn tells America, 'I am not a crook'

    Nixn tells America, 'I am not a crook'
    Nixon continues to assert his innocence and then turned to the camera and said he wasn't a crook.
  • Indictments for White House cover-up

    Indictments for White House cover-up
    Mitchell, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson, Mardian, Parkinson, and Strachan are indicted by federal grand jury. Nixon was named as unindicted co-conspirator.
  • House subpoenas Nixons tapes

    House subpoenas Nixons tapes
    House Judiciary Committee gives Nixon more time to give up the tapes, April 30 as the deadline.
  • Nixon promises to release tape transcripts

    Nixon promises to release tape transcripts
    On a televised speech, Nixon promises to release 1,200 pages of edited transcripts.
  • House impeachment inquiry begins

    House impeachment inquiry begins
    The president's failure of sending the real tapes to the House Judiciary Committee starts the opening of the impeachment hearings lead by Peter Rodino.
  • Supreme Court rules on tapes

    Supreme Court rules on tapes
    Supreme Court rules that Nixon didn't have the authority to hold the tapes.
  • Nixon implicated in cover-up

    Nixon implicated in cover-up
    Nixon urges Senate not to convict him.
  • Ford pardons Nixon

    Ford pardons Nixon
    After one month in office, Ford pardons Nixon for his crimes.
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    McCord links break-in to White House

    Samuel Dash announces that James McCord has begun to deliver a "full and honest account" of the Watergate affair.
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    John Dean implicates Nixon in cover-up

    The president was aware of the cover-up of the break-in. He had to make sure it was covered up to be re-elected.
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    Nixon tapes revealed, subpoenaed

    Alexander P. Butterfield reveals that all of Nixon's private conversation's were automatically taped by a set of hidden recording devices.
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    Final phase of house impeachment inquiry

    Committee charges Nixon of obstructing justice, then with misuse of presidential powers and then with the tapes.
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    Nixon resigns, Ford sword-in

    President says bye to staff.