A break-in at the Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate complex in Washington was carried out under the direction of White House employees. People involved were: Virgilio González, Bernard Barker, James McCord, Eugenio Martínez, and Frank Sturgis. Nixon was involved too.
The Secret Tapes
In the beginning no one believed that the white house was involved with the scandal. Until Woodward and Bernstein uncovered the scandal. Evidence pointed that White House officials were responsible of trying to get Nixon to get re-elected.
(March 1993) The Grand Jury convicted the five burglars to prison , the hearings were displayed nationwide. Nixon was asked to hand over the tapes of his phone calls, and refused to do so.
When President Nixon finally handed over the tapes to Judge Sircia, some parts of the tapes were missing. Seven top White House officials were indicted on March 1974. Instead of releasing the tapes Nixon released only the transcripts.
After the Supreme court ruled that Nixon must hand over the tapes, three charges of impeachment were already put against the president. In early August 1974 he revealed the "smoking gun" and instead of being forced out of office Nixon decided to resign.
The Watergate Scandal still has an effect on America today. An example would be: how Americans do not trust the government because of their actions in the past. This scandal relates alot to present day Russia vs. Trump.