The Watergate Scandal which eventually brought down President Nixon began on June 17, 1972 when a security guard at the Watergate complex in Washington D.C. discovered tape over the latch on a door, which allowed the door to close but remain unlocked. He removed the tape, but when he returned an hour later, he found the door had been re-taped. He realized an active burglary was in progress, and that someone was likely in the building. He notified police, and soon, five intruders were arrested for burglary and bugging charges at the Democratic headquarters within.
So began a non-stop series of investigations and revelations which would, over a two-year-plus period, reveal the President’s complicity in a coverup unprecedented in American politics.
In the interest of offering historical context to recent events, I intend to share some “On This Day” Watergate developments on this blog.
We jump in on this day, July 13, 1972. An editorial titled “A Hot Question Unasked” by Ernest B. Furgurson, published in The Montana Standard, summarizes some of the happenings so far.
- The Watergate investigation is less than 30 days old.
- President Nixon has already disavowed the break-in at the Watergate Democratic headquarters in Washington D.C., saying “This kind of activity,,, has no place whatever in our electoral process.”
- Howard Hunt, who was arrested with G. Gordon Liddy as one of the ringleaders of the break-in, and in whose desk was found a loaded pistol, a disassembled bug, and a diagram of Democratic headquarters, has disappeared. His desk is in the same suite as Charles Colson, Special Counsel to the President.
Feature photo Charles Tasnadi/Associated Press