It was 40 years ago today that operatives linked to Republican President Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign broke into Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., looking for material that could be used to damage then presidential candidate Senator George McGovern (D-South Dakota) and his fellow Dems. Police arrested five men for the crime. Those five, and others, were subsequently tried on charges of conspiracy, burglary, and violation of federal wiretapping laws. The Watergate break-in, and the White House cover-up that followed, led to Nixon--who was facing impeachment and removal from office--becoming the only U.S. president ever to resign.
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