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WATERGATE:  Nixon Resignation Marks 30 Year Anniversary      



This week marks the 30th anniversary of the zenith of Watergate, when President Richard M. Nixon, the 37th President of the United States resigned in order to avoid impeachment proceedings.  The resignation was a culminating point which began on the night of June 17, 1972 when the Democratic National Committee’s offices at the Watergate office building in downtown Washington D.C. were broken into by a group of men who had past ties to the FBI, and CIA.  The “plumbers” as they were called sought to adjust listening devices that had been previously placed in the offices, as well as make copies of confidential documents and records. They were discovered when a security guard making his rounds came across duct tape, which the burglars had placed over door locks to keep them from closing. 


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Dept. of Justice Memo, recommending not to prosecute Nixon, after his resignation.


Visit the Washington Post site dedicated to the Watergate period, listing all the Washington Post articles, from 1968 to 1974, including key documents, and background information on all the 'president's men' and other key players in this political drama.





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