Watergate scandal

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  • The Watergate break-in

    The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal, following a break-in by five men at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C.
  • Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein Investigate

    Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein—had begun to suspect that there was a larger scheme afoot. At the same time, some of the conspirators began to crack under the pressure of the cover-up.
  • The Saturday Night Massacre

    This was a series of events which took place in the United States on the evening of Saturday, October 20, 1973, during the Watergate scandal. The massacre happened when embattled President Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and accepted the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.
  • Gerald Ford was now president

    President Ford pardoned Nixon for any crimes he had committed while in office. Some of Nixon’s aides were not so lucky: They were convicted of very serious offenses and sent to federal prison.
  • The tapes

    When Cox refused to stop demanding the tapes, Nixon ordered that he be fired, leading several Justice Department officials to resign in protest. (known as the Saturday Night Massacre.) Eventually, Nixon agreed to surrender some—but not all—of the tapes.
  • Nixon's Obstruction of Justice

    Obstruction statutes were put in place to punish politicians and other powerful public officials who lie or attempt to “cheat the system,” and to prevent those transgressions from occurring. And, for the most part, they work, too.Nixon refused the obstruction, but the U.S. Supreme Court ordered him to comply.
  • Nixon Resigns

    Nixon resigned in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office. After his resignation, he was issued a controversial pardon by his successor