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Watergate. Timeline Read pages “Watergate: Nixon’s Downfall” on pages 1008-1013 and create a timeline of 14 events in the Watergate scandal – All events.

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1 Watergate

2 Timeline Read pages “Watergate: Nixon’s Downfall” on pages and create a timeline of 14 events in the Watergate scandal – All events should be between June of 1972 and August of 1974

3 June 17 th, 1972: Five men are caught trying to break in to the campaign headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Complex in Washington DC – The group planned to copy documents showing the Democratic campaign strategy and bug the offices and telephones – The leader of the men, James McCord, was a former CIA agent who worked for the Committee to Reelect the President (CRP)

4 September of 1972: The Watergate burglars are indicted while Nixon’s people work on the cover-up – The CRP paid them $450,000 to keep quiet – Nixon’s Chief of Staff had all evidence shredded – The White House asked the CIA to urge the FBI to stop investigating on national security grounds – The administration consistently denied any involvement with the burglary

5 March 20 th, 1973: James McCord sends a letter to the judge shortly before sentencing begins – Indicated that he lied under oath – Hinted that powerful people in the Nixon administration were involved

6 April 30 th, 1973: Nixon responds to renewed investigations into Watergate – Fired his chief legal advisor, John Dean – Announced the resignation of his Attorney General, Chief of Staff, and Chief Domestic Adviser – Went on national television to deny any attempt at a cover- up – Appointed a new Attorney General and authorized him to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Watergate

7 May of 1973: The Senate begins an investigation of Watergate – Called Nixon’s current and former advisers to testify

8 June of 1973: John Dean testified that the President was deeply involved in the cover-up

9 July of 1973: A Presidential aide tells the Senate that Nixon routinely taped almost every conversation he had – The battle to gain access to the “Nixon Tapes” begins

10 October of 1973: the special prosecutor picked to investigate Watergate takes Nixon to court to obtain the tapes, resulting in the Saturday Night Massacre – Nixon orders his Attorney General to fire the special prosecutor – The Attorney General refuses and resigns – The deputy Attorney General refuses and is fired – Eventually, the special prosecutor is fired and replaced by somebody equally determined to get the tapes

11 March of 1974: Several Presidential aides are indicted on charges related to Watergate

12 July 24 th, 1974: The Supreme Court ruled in Nixon v. The United States that the President had to turn over the tapes

13 July 27 th, 1974: The House Judiciary Committee votes to impeach the President

14 August 5 th, 1974: Nixon releases the tapes – They contained evidence that Nixon had knew about the break-in and had agreed to the cover-up – Also contained a number of mysteriously erased segments

15 August 8 th, 1974: Nixon resigns before he can be impeached

16 August 9 th, 1974: Nixon’s Vice President, Gerald Ford, is sworn in as President – The Vice President that Nixon ran with in 1972, Spiro Agnew, had resigned over an unrelated corruption scandal Nixon appointed Ford as his Vice President in 1973 with Congress’ approval – Gerald Ford issued a presidential pardon for Nixon so that he could not be prosecuted


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