On June 17, 1972, President Richard Nixon's eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Watergate complex. The intruders were connected to President Nixon’s reelection campaign, and had been caught attempting to wiretap phones and steal secret documents. Nixon took steps to cover up the operation and tried to stop the FBI from investigating the crime. He resigned in August, 1974.

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