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40 Years Ago Today
Posted by JayZeeBMT on Sat Jun 16 10:42:55 2012Four decades ago today, DC Metro police arrested four men who were caught breaking into the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office/hotel complex. This began a shocking and unprecedented chain of events that ended two years later with the resignation, in disgrace, of President Richard Nixon.
The Watergate scandal was the worst Constitutional crisis to beset the government since the Civil War, and it revealed the grossest abuse of the Presidency ever committed. Most of Nixon's associates, including his notorious "Plumbers", went to jail for their roles in Watergate, but not Nixon himself. Nixon was pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford, who spent much of his short term falling out of airplanes and helicopters.
The White House was never quite the same after America's "long national nightmare". One notable change: since 1974, every President's staff has included a criminal lawyer.