#AceHistory2ResearchNews – UNITED STATES – July 27 – On this day in 1974, the House Judiciary Committee recommends that America’s 37th president, Richard M. Nixon, be impeached and removed from office.
(Letter of Resignation of Richard E Nixon)
( Richard E Nixon Leaving White House )
The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970’s as a result of the June 17, 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon administration‘s attempted cover-up of its involvement.
(Water Gate Complex)
The term Watergate has come to encompass an array of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of the Nixon administration. Those activities included "dirty tricks" such as bugging the offices of political opponents and people of whom Nixon or his officials were suspicious. Nixon and his close aides ordered harassment of activist groups and political figures, using the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
( Richard E Nixon Giving Televised Address Explaining Release of Transcripts)
The scandal led to the discovery of multiple abuses of power by the Nixon administration, articles of impeachment, and the resignation of Richard Nixon, the President of the United States, on August 9, 1974 — the only resignation of a U.S. president to date.
The scandal also resulted in the indictment, trial, conviction, and incarceration of 43 people, dozens of whom were Nixon’s top administration officials.