In the pantheon of American political scandals, Watergate stands alone as the most iconic and likely the most devastating. It began on June 17, 1972, with a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate building complex in Washington, D.C. Through the intrepid reporting of Washington Post writers Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the burglary was linked to higher and higher levels of government figures, until eventually the scandal reached President Richard Nixon, who had ordered a cover-up. Beleaguered on all sides and facing all-but-certain impeachment, Nixon resigned from office on Aug. 9, 1974, and remains the only president to step down from office.
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