Watergate

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  • I don't know what you're talking about
  • GUILTY!
  • McCord was right, Nixon knew about the break in!
  • June 17, 1972 - McCord and 4 others working for CREEP (Committee to Re-Elect the President) broke into the Watergate and got caught going through files and trying to plant listening devices. Nixon denied knowledge of it.
  • 3 deleted files
  • "dirty tricks" campaign
  • The burglars went to trial in 1973 and were convicted or pled guilty. Before that, McCord wrote a letter to the judge stating White House officials knew about the break in and paid the defendants to keep quiet or lie.
  • GUILTY!
  • John Dean, a White House lawyer, told people McCord was telling the truth and Nixon has known of the efforts to cover involvement with the White House.
  • Bad things began to surface including evidence of documents linking Nixon to the break-in cover up had been destroyed. Also, Nixon's reelection group had a "dirty tricks" campaign and administration illegally wiretapped the phones of "enemies" (journalists)
  • March 1974 - former Atty. Gen. John Mitchell and 6 top aides were indicted by a grand jury for trying to block the investigation and were then convicted.
  • Nixon continued to deny involvement but it was revealed that he made secret tapes of conversations in the office. He refused to turn over the tapes at first but when he agreed, some were missing/destroyed.
  • Tape 1
  • Tape 3
  • Tape 4
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