The early bird gets the worm on June 17, 1972, where 7 burglars were arrested in the office complex of the Democratic National Committee, located in the Watergate building in Washington, D.C. There was an unusual factor about this robbery, these crooks were said to be connected to the campaign reelection of President Nixon. The men had been caught trying to wiretap phones, and steal secret documents. Whether
Nixon knew about the watergate episode or not, he did take steps to camouflage it, he began to raise “hush money”, money used to keep those participating quiet. He tried to convince the FBI to cease investigation, destroying any evidence, and firing his staff who were being uncooperative. In August 1972, after his part in the Watergate scandal had hit the light of day, President Nixon felt the only way out was to resign.
Thus beginning the string of affairs that would torment Washington for two years following the threat, and would change American politics forever more. This story fascinated two budding reporters, members of the Post staff, Carl Bernstein and Bob
Woodward. Woodward’s notes gave him the advantage of determining that these scoundrels were from Miami, took careful precautions by wearing surgical gloves, and lugged thousands of dollars in cash around, leading the police to believe that this was no rooky, these was a professional type action. A security guard had remarked that the thieves had taped the door locks in attempt to break in but the police had caught them redhanded. The following day, Woodward and Bernstein united to unleash the first of several vivid stories, “GOP Security Aide Among Those Arrested”, announced that James
McCord, one of the burglars, was on the payroll of President Nixon’s reelection committee. The next day, President Richard Nixon and chief of staff H.R. Haldeman secretly discussed how to get the CIA to advise the FBI to withdraw from the burglary investigation. Publicly, a White house spokesman said he would not remark a “third rate burglary.” Within a couple weeks, Woodward and Bernstein reported that the grand jury investigating the burglary sought testimony from former CIA officer E. Howard Hunt and former FBI agent G. Gordon Liddy, both who worked in the Nixon White House. Each of the men would be indicted for navigated the burglars via walkietalkies, from a hotel across from the Watergate building. It was not rather direct that the crooks had connections with the President, although suspicions were heightened due to the detectives discovered copies of the reelection committee’s White House phone number amidst the thieves belongings.
It later surfaced that President Nixon was not being honest. A few days after the breakin , he arranged to provide the burglars with hundreds of thousands of dollars in
“hush money.” In Miami, Bernstein came across a check for Nixon’s reelection campaign for $25,000 being deposited into one of the prowlers bank accounts. This stretched the story into, “
Bug Suspect Got Campaign Funds” reportedly the check was given to the former Secretary of Commerce, Maurice Stans, who also served as Nixon’s chief fundraiser.As the two pursued the story,Woodward relied on Mark Felt, a high ranking official at Federal Bureau of Investigations to confide as confidential authority.
Agreeing to keep his identity classified, referring him as “Deep Throat, until becoming public in 2005 which was 33 years afterwards. Using his access to the FBI reports on the burglary, Felt was able to confirm or deny what other sources were telling the reporters. He was also able to tell them what leads they should chase.
While Nixon paved way for reelection in the fall of 1972, Bernstein and
Woodward covered stories reporting that Attorney General John Mitchell controlled a classified fund that paid for a campaign to collect information on the Democrats, and
Nixon had aides that ran a “