The Watergate residential and office complex in Washington, DC, was home to the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 1972 presidential campaign. On June 17, 1972, operatives of the Nixon administration (the “Plumbers”) broke into the DNC offices with the intention of wiretapping DNC phones. After they were apprehended, the scope of the scandal and coverup that followed was revealed by the investigative reporting of the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Various Nixon associates were implicated and prosecuted. Nixon himself was forced to resign in 1974 to avoid impeachment.

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