What is the Watergate Scandal?

Washington Post Cartoon

The Watergate Scandal refers to a series of events that occured between 1972 and 1974. The scandal got its name from the burglary at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate Hotel Complex in Washington, D.C.

Evidence found on one of the burglars implied a possible link to the White House and prompted an investigation. Over the next two years, the political links were found to reach increasingly higher up the power chain. The unlawful acts were committed on behalf of the Committee to Re-elect the President (CRP), which was later referred to as CREEP.

The reputations of many politicians were tarnished by the scandal, which ultimately resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Source: Herblock Cartoon. June 23, 1973. The Washington Post