THE WATERGATE scandal generally refers to all offenses committed during the Richard Nixon administration. The unraveling of the Watergate incident originally pursued by investigative reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post led to the revelation of extensive illegal acts by members of the White House staff and others closely associated with, or employed by the Nixon administration. As a totality of all crimes by the Nixon administration, Watergate is better understood broken down into three phases.

The first includes illegal acts sanctioned by the White House prior to the break-in at Democratic National Campaign (DNC) headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington, D.C. Second is the Watergate burglary itself which was a failed attempt to tap the telephone lines of the DNC ...

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