5 burglars were caught breaking into the Democratic National Committee Headquarters in Washington D.C., 1972.
A media and government investigation found out that the burglary was part of a campaign to re-elect President Nixon and that he and his aides abused their power.
It was during a congressional hearing about the break-ins that it was found out that Nixon put tape-recorders in the oval office. The person in charge of the case wanted to get the tapes to prove if Nixon abused his power or not.Nixon tried to stop them from getting the tapes but failed when the tapes were once again requested. He instead released edited versions of the tapes. After another federal court case the Supreme Court was asked to hear the case.
The Supreme Court unanimously decided to rule against President Nixon and make him hand over the tapes and other materials. Also that the president is not above the law.
The justices used Article lll of the constitution to get the verdict.
This was a trile that showed that the President is not above the constitution. It was also one of the reasons Nixon was going to get impeached.