Daniel Ellsberg faced charges in March 1971 because of his leaking of the Pentagon Papers. Nixon's plumber's jobs were to plug leaks from the administration and prevent the leaking of Nixon's whereabouts. The plumbers burglarized Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist office in an attempt to get damaging information on him for revenge. Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers which exposed lies and secrecy from presidents JFK and on, which became very problematic for the administration. This was led by ex-CIA officer Howard Hunt, and ex-FBI agent G. Gordon Liddy
Mark Rosenker and his assistant were monitoring tapes and equipment at CRP headquarters on June 29, 1972. The Committee for the Re-Election of the President, opening its office in 1971, had conducted political sabotage and espionage (like wiretaps and stealing documents) to discredit democrats and its members conducted the Watergate break in. It employed money laundering and slush funds and many of its members were indicted on criminal charges.
5 men were arrested in June 17, 1972 for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters, wiretapping, and stealing and photographing documents. They returned after the first time to fix a mistake they made, and they were caught and taken in. They were lead by James McCord, a former CIA agent and a security coordinator for Nixon’s CREEP. E. Howard Hunt Jr., a former White House aide, and G. Gordon Liddy, a CREEP finance counsel were charged as well. Nixon denied the administration's involvement.
Nixon and his chief of staff H.R. Haldeman were taped in the white house discussing the matters of the Watergate break in, in June 23, 1972. Here it was uncovered that Nixon ordered a cover up of the burglary and that he ordered his staff to have the CIA tell the FBI to terminate its investigation of the break in. These tapes exposed Nixon's cover-up and also showed the limits of executive power. This cartoon from October 1974 showed that these tapes destroyed him for good once they were released.
This photo taken in 1967 of Kenneth H. Dahlberg was used by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward to track him down. He endorsed a $25,000 cashier's check to the Nixon reelection campaign in 1972. After the Watergate burglars were arrested money found on them was traced back to the bank account of one of the burglars, Bernard L. Barker. The check that Dahlberg had endorsed was found in that bank account, proving that Nixon was involved in the Watergate scandal. Dahlberg was cleared but this was a breakthrough for the case.
Deep throat: Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were Washington Post reporters that utilized anonymous sources to investigate the Watergate break-in and the cover-up with ties to the government. Their infamous source "Deep throat" assisted them in making connections, with their first meeting taking place on June 20, 1972. Deep throat was eventually revealed to be FBI #2, Mark Felt.
In 1973, former AG John Mitchell under Nixon testified before the Watergate Committee in Washington. John Mitchell controlled a secret Republican fund used to pay for intelligence gathering on the Democrats. On October 10th, it was revealed the Watergate break in was conducted by CREEP under Nixon, however this barely affected his campaign for reelection.
On October 10th, 1972, FBI agents establish that the Watergate break-in stems from a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage conducted on behalf of the Nixon reelection effort. The activities, according to the FBI, were aimed at all major Democratic presidential contenders. This was the start of the Watergate Investigation which left such a huge impact on the U.S. government going forward.
On July 23 of 1973 Nixon refused to turn over White House tapes which would prove that he had a hand in the Watergate bugging. At this point, most people believed that Nixon had done it, and all he was doing was delaying the inevitable. This cartoon shows the feelings that people held, that Nixon had already been caught and was just holding out for as long as possible.
October 23, 1973
On October the 20th of 1973, Nixon fired many of the people charged with investigating his involvement in Watergate. This later became know as the Saturday night massacre. This cartoon shows the feeling that Nixon was strangling Democracy and using his power to unfairly balance the investigation in his favor.
On January 30th, 1973, Former Nixon aides G. Gordon Liddy and James W. McCord Jr. are convicted of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping in the Watergate incident. Five other men plead guilty, but mysteries remain. Liddy, a former FBI agent who helped plan the break-in, spent about four years in prison for his role in Watergate.
On the Eighteenth of May, 1973, the Senate Watergate committee begins its nationally televised hearings. Attorney General-designate Elliot Richardson taps former solicitor general Archibald Cox as the Justice Department's special prosecutor for Watergate. The hearings are available for all of the country to witness right at home.
On June 3, 1973, This photo was taken of John Dean, former White House counsel to Nixon, being sworn in by the Senate Watergate Committee. Dean had spent four months in prison after being charged with obstruction of justice for refusing to testify. He told investigators that he discussed aspects of the Watergate coverup with Nixon or in his presence on at least 35 occasions.
On the seventeenth of November, Nixon delivered a speech in which he denied any involvement in the Watergate Scandal. He famously said "I am not a Crook. Not many people believed him, and this comic shows how absurd it was that Nixon would attempt to save his skin after so much evidence had come out against him, with Nixon jumping out of a cake holding a very blatant sign as a bunch of dullardly looking people sit and clap.
"Listen, are you going to be loyal to me or to that (expletive deleted) Constitution?"
May 31, 1974
the 30th of April, over 1200 lines from an edited transcripts from the White house tapes were released. The Judiciary Committee wanted all of the tapes to be released. This comic, published a month later, shows that Nixon was trying to keep the GOP on his side, despite the fact that he was going against the Constitution.
July 28, 1974
the 24th of July, 1974 it was ruled by the Supreme Court that Nixon had to turn over all of the Whitehouse Tapes, even those he had deleted. When they do not get everything they demand, the Impeachment process is begun on the 27th of July, 1974. This cartoon shows Nixon bracing against the huge amount of evidence against him. The cartoonist saw that Nixon had very little chance of holding out, especially once the impeachment process had started.
On the 8th of August, 1974, Nixon resigned from his post as president once it was clear that he was caught doing dastardly deeds. This comic shows the hand of the US as large and indomitable the hand of Nixon as small and frail. The US as a whole places Nixon's resignation before him, and he signs under the pressure. The fact that Nixon was removed from office for being disreputable was a breath of fresh air for people after so many years of distrusting their government.