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Following his resignation, Richard Nixon and family bid farewell to his White House staff. Ford speaks to the Nation upon taking office shortly after Richard Nixon had resigned in disgrace.
Two young reporters from the Washington Post, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, then began a dogged pursuit of the facts surrounding the break-in.
Perhaps the most notorious dirty trick was a letter planted in a New Hampshire newspaper alleging that leading Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine, had referred to Americans of French-Canadian descent as "Canucks.
His emotional conduct, replayed on television, caused him to drop in the New Hampshire polls shortly before the presidential primary. George McGovern, considered a weaker candidate by Nixon political strategists, eventually won the Democratic nomination and lost the general election to Nixon in a landslide.
In February ofthe U. Sam Ervin, to investigate all of the events surrounding Watergate and other allegations of political spying and sabotage conducted on behalf of Nixon's re-election.
March and April of saw the start of the unraveling of the coverup. On March 23, one of the five burglars convicted after the Watergate break-in, James W. District Judge John J. Sirica that he was being pressured to remain silent. Patrick Gray resigned after admitting he had destroyed Watergate evidence under pressure from Nixon aides.
Ten days later, four of Nixon's top officials resigned: Chief of Staff H. The Senate Select Committee began televised hearings on May A month later, former Presidential Counsel John Dean testified there was an ongoing White House coverup and that Nixon had been personally involved in the payment of hush money to the five burglars and two other operatives involved in planning the Watergate break-in.
Three weeks later, another Nixon aide revealed the President had ordered hidden microphones installed in the Oval Office in the spring of and had recorded most conversations since then on audio tape.
The tapes then became the focus of an intensive year-long legal battle between all three branches of the U. In October ofWatergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, who had been appointed by the Nixon administration, publicly vowed to obtain the tapes despite Nixon's strong objections.
Solicitor General Robert Bork agreed to carry out the order and fired Cox.
The minute-by-minute events of the "Saturday Night Massacre" were covered live by stunned reporters on network television starting about 8: Ten days later, impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives began as the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep.
Peter Rodino, started its preliminary investigation.President Richard Nixon’s involvement in the infamous Watergate scandal is a controversial issue, even today.
Nixon’s role in Watergate has been under discussion and clouded in suspicion for years. In a nutshell, here’s what happened in the greatest presidential scandal in U.S.
history: On. In response to the news, Nixon’s former White House counsel John Dean said, “Nixon was impeached for just this sort of act.” (Actually, Nixon resigned before he was formally impeached).
Watergate scandal: Watergate scandal Dean, John: Watergate testimony Former White House counsel John Dean testifying in June before the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities regarding the Watergate scandal.
and the entire taped record of the Nixon White House eventually became available to the public. In the book The Ends of Power, President Richard Nixon's chief of staff H.
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4) Ehrlichman told Dean to say that nobody in the White House was involved, and Nixon chimed in: “That’s right.” They discussed using executive privilege to limit questioning. And Nixon made it clear that he wanted the.
The Nixon White House tapes are audio recordings of conversations between U.S. President Richard Nixon and Nixon administration officials, Nixon family members, and White House staff, produced between and