From fact to consequence

WASHINGTON – A timeline of the Watergate scandalFrom Crime to Overthrowing a President:

June 17, 1972: Five men are arrested in a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate hotel and office complex in Washington.

June 20, 1972: President Richard Nixon and Adjutant HR Haldeman discuss Watergate. Later, prosecutors found an 18-minute gap in the tape of that conversation.

September 15, 1972: Seven men, including two former White House staffers, are charged with the Watergate burglary.

January 11-30, 1973: Five of the men plead guilty to conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping. Two stand trial and are convicted.

April 30, 1973: Haldeman and Nixon assistant John D. Ehrlichman resign. White House adviser John Dean is fired.

July 16, 1973: Testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee reveals that all of Nixon’s conversations in the White House were taped.


July 24, 1973: The Supreme Court orders Nixon to release the tapes and documents subpoenaed by Watergate Special Attorney Archibald Cox.

October 20, 1973: Cox refuses to compromise on the tapes and Nixon orders Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox. Richardson refuses and resigns in protest. Acting Attorney General Robert Bork fires Cox. This is known as the Saturday Night Massacre.

July 24, 1974: The Supreme Court rules that Nixon must surrender the tapes.

July 27-30, 1974: The House Judiciary Committee approves three counts: obstruction of justice, abuse of power and violation of his oath of office, and failure to comply with subpoenas from the House of Representatives.

August 5, 1974: The “Smoking Gun” tape becomes public. In a recording of a June 23, 1972 conversation, Nixon can be heard agreeing to a proposal from his chief of staff to urge the FBI to close its investigation into the Watergate break-in six days earlier. Republicans who wanted to support Nixon in an impeachment trial are leaving him.


August 9, 1974: Nixon resigns.

September 8, 1974: President Gerald Ford pardons Nixon.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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