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A scandal now known as Watergate occurred on June 17 1972 This scandal occurred when five men were caught trying to wiretap the Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC At 155 AM Frank Wills a security guard at the Watergate hotel discovered evidence of a break-in and called the police The five men who broke into the hotel tried to wiretap the sixth floor where the headquarters was They were arrested Though it now makes sense it was a surprise to many people when Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who both gained fame from this once-in-a-lifetime story reported that the men involved in this break-in were directly or indirectly involved with Richard Nixons reelection committee known as CREEP These five men as well as two others were convicted for their roles in the Watergate scandal in January of 1973 In March of 1973 James McCord one of the burglars wrote a letter to a judge where he admitted that there was an attempted cover-up of the burglary Though it has been nearly forty years since this scandal occurred evidence pertaining to Nixons role in the scandal before the break-in was never found To this day no one knows if he was the one who ordered the break-in to occur at the Watergate Hotel in the first place However his role after the break-in initially occurred is now a well-known part of history On June 23 1971 Nixon and his White House Chief of Staff HR Bob Haldeman recorded a conversation they had pertaining to how they would use the CIA to obstruct an investigation conducted by the FBI on the Watergate break-ins During the recording Nixon also mentioned that he asked the CIA to slow the FBIs investigation down claiming that an investigation done now would serve as a national security risk When the Watergate tapes were discovered the revelations on the tapes led to Nixons resignation because
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