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August 1, 1972 Marks The Beginning Of The Watergate Investigation

On August 1, 1972, the first big article on Watergate was printed in the Washington Post. The headline read, “Bug Suspect Got Campaign Funds.”

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It’s one of the biggest political scandals in recent history. On August 1, 1972, the first big article on Watergate was printed in the Washington Post. The headline read, “Bug Suspect Got Campaign Funds.”

The article reported that a $25,000 cashier’s check, earmarked for President Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign, was deposited in April in a bank account of one of the five men arrested in the break-in at Democratic National Headquarters back a month and a half prior.

The article was authored by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward and it was the beginning of an investigation that revealed that President Richard Nixon’s administration had attempted to cover-up its involvement. The incident was investigated by the U.S. Congress.

It was also discovered that the Nixon administration was recording people and was illegally bugging the offices of political opponents and others with whom they were suspicious. An impeachment process was organized against the president, which ultimately led to the resignation of Nixon. The scandal resulted in the indictment of 69 people. Forty-eight of whom were found guilty, including some of Nixon’s top administration officials.

Pictured above is Nixon, the 37th President, resigning. His son-in-law David Eisenhower is with him as he says goodbye to his staff at the White House.

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