In 1972 burglars were caught on camera in the Watergate complex in Washington. Two of them worked for the CIA and FBI, and two reporters from the Washington Post traced payments to them from the Republican Party.

Attempting to bug the Democrats, who had offices in the complex, in January 1973 they were found guilty and a Senate Investigation Committee was set up to see if the White House had known about the operation. President Nixon denied it but as the investigation continued, it became clear he had been involved in a cover-up.
Knowing that Nixon recorded all his conversations, investigators demanded the tapes. He refused, so was threatened with impeachment. Eventually the ‘smoking gun’ tape emerged, proving Nixon’s complicity. He resigned in August 1974, bringing disgrace to the Presidency.

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