Friday, June 17, 2022

Police Arrested Burglars

On June 17, 1972, police arrested burglars wiretapping the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.  Evidence linked the break-in to President Richard Nixon's re-election committee, and the Justice Department appointed a special prosecutor for the case.  In February 1973 the Senate established a select committee chaired by Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina to investigate the 1972 presidential election campaigns.  The investigation revealed audiotapes incriminating President Nixon, which eventually led to Nixon's resignation.  Nationally televised, the hearings of the Watergate Committee inquiry boosted public confidence in Congress.

-- From the US Capitol Visitor Center website, "The Watergate Break-in", retrieved 17 June 2022 (50th anniversary)

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