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Transcript of Watergate Timeline
On November 5, 1968 A former vice president for the Republican Party, Richard Nixon was elected president of the United States after failing to win in the election of 1960.
President Nixon approves a plan for expanding domestic intelligence-gathering on July 23, 1970, only to rescind his approval a few days later.
June 13, 1971 the New York Times starts publishing the Pentagon Papers, later that week The Washington Post would also start publishing those papers.
The White House's "Plumbers" unit burglarized a psychiatrists office for Daniel Ellsberg.
Five men were arrested trying to bug the Democratic National Committee at Watergate Hotel.
A $25,000 cashiers check wound up in one of the bank accounts of a burglar.
John Mitchell was found to control a secret Republican fund.
FBI agents establish that the Watergate break-in stems from a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage conducted on behalf of the Nixon reelection effort.
Nixon is reelected as president.
April 30th the White House releases more than 1,200 pages of edited transcripts of the Nixon tapes to the House Judiciary Committee.
On July 24th The Supreme Court rules unanimously that Nixon must turn over the tape recordings of 64 White House conversations
House Judiciary Committee passes the first of three articles of impeachment, charging obstruction of justice.
Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. president to resign
January 21, 1969 Richard Nixon was inaugurated as the 37th president of the United States. Later in the year on November 3, 1969 Nixon gave his famous "The Silent Majority" speech about the war in Vietnam
G. Gordan Liddy and James W. McCord Jr. were convicted of conspiracy, burglary, and wiretapping.
Some of Nixon's top White House staffers resign over the scandal.
May 18th, The Senate Watergate Committee begins its nationally televised hearings
John Dean has told Watergate investigators that he discussed the Watergate cover-up with President Nixon at least 35 times
Watergate prosecutors find a memo addressed to John Ehrlichman
Nixon had recorded all conversations and telephone calls in his offices
Nixon reportedly orders the White House taping system disconnected.
Nixon refuses to turn over the presidential tape
Nixon fires Archibald Cox and abolishes the office of the special prosecutor