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Watergate source - Christopher Sandford

Features | By Christopher Sandford

President Richard Nixon is sworn in for a second term as First Lady Pat Nixon holds the Bibles at the East Front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Chief Justice Warren Burger administers the oath, 20 January 1973

Christopher Sandford on Nixon’s paranoia

It was a peculiar sort of start to the century’s greatest political scandal, 50 years ago. Initially dismissed as a ‘third-rate caper’, the June 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington DC’s Watergate building mushroomed into a full-scale constitutional crisis. Two years later, it saw the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The problem lay not so much in the original offence as in the bungled attempt to cover it up. An immediate apology from the White House and a few tactical firings might have saved Nixon. ...


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