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In the month of June 1972 an incident took place that would carry severe consequences for President Nixon and his closest advisers Five men were caught raiding the Democratic National Committee Headquarters in the Watergate Building in Washington DC Soon after President Nixon had been elected and sworn into office there were signs of political dilemmas ahead The men arrested for the Watergate break-in had just gone on trial in Washington DC before Judge Sirica A month later a special senate committee was formed to investigate the 1972 presidential campaign irregularities and Watergate Some of Nixons top aides resigned and charges were being made that the President himself may have been involved A special prosecutor Archibald Cox was named by attorney general Elliot L Richardson The President asserted that he had no knowledge of any attempt to cover up Watergate He refused to turn over White House tape recordings to the committee or Judge Sirica It was believed that the tapes contained incriminating evidence against the President In a further dispute over the tapes the President dismissed the special prosecutor Attorney general Richardson promptly resigned in protest of the dismissal Under great pressure which included calls for his impeachment or resignation the President agreed to hand over the tapes to Judge Sirica A new special prosecutor Leon Jaworski was appointed The Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives wanted more tapes of which the President claimed executive privilege After months of hearings the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives voted for impeachment articles In light of this bold decision by the committee the President surrendered the tapes The tapes revealed that the President had ordered a halt to some aspects of the FBI investigation only six days after they began With the release of this information impeachment was certain In fear of being impeached President Nixon resigned on August 8 1974 on grounds that he felt he did not have a strong enough political
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