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June 17, 1972 - August 9, 1975
United States, Washington, D.C.
The Watergate scandal was a series of interlocking political scandals involving the administration of U.S. President Richard Nixon from 1972 to 1974 that led to Nixon's resignation. The scandals were revealed following the arrest of five burglars at Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters.
Initial investigations of Watergate were heavily influenced by the media. Political investigations began in February 1973 when the Senate established a Committee to investigate the Watergate scandal. The Committee also uncovered the existence of the secret White House tape recordings.
Around the country, there were calls for Nixon to resign. In late July and early August, 1974 came Nixon’s last days in office. In the face of almost certain impeachment by Congress, Nixon resigned in disgrace on August 8.
Watergate had profound consequences in the United States. There was a long list of convictions and other casualties. The Watergate scandal resulted in 69 government officials being charged and 48 being found guilty.