This essay discusses many important events of US history from the 70s to the present day.
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The Watergate incident was named after the office complex it took place in. Which at the time was the Democratic Party's campaign headquarters. This began with the wiretapping of Democratic headquarters. These acts engulfed President Richard Nixon and many of his supporters in many illegal acts. A burglary also took place on June 17, 1972 by five men who were caught in the offices of the Democratic Party's headquarters. They're acts were later linked to a White House sponsored plan of espionage against Nixon's political opponents. About a year later in 1973 the testimony of the White House aide Alexander Butterfield uncovered the entire investigation. On national television Butterfield told the world that Nixon had ordered a video recording system to be installed in the White House to record all conversations. Nixon refused to release the tapes; he said they were vital to national security. The U.S. District Court Judge ruled that Nixon must release the tapes to allow for further investigation. In 1974 Nixon released edited transcripts of the White House tapes. The conversations revealed a towering concern for punishing political opponents and darting the Watergate investigation. Soon after the Watergate scandal came to light, investigators discovered many further revelations that caused Nixon's support and popularity to diminish a great deal.
President Nixon faced almost certain impeachment for his illegal acts against the Democratic Party. After these events took place Nixon's popularity steadily eroded away. In August of 1974, three tapes disclosed that Nixon had ordered the FBI to stop investigating the Watergate break-in. The tapes also revealed that Nixon had aided in the directing of the cover up. Nixon resigned from his presidency, he was the first president to do so, he was pardoned a month later by Gerald Ford, for all the crimes he committed while he was in office.