Who Were the Primary People Involved in Watergate?

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The Watergate Scandal involved many important men from Richard Nixon's administration, including former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell, who was running Nixon’s re-election committee; White House Counsel John Dean; White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman; White House Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs John Ehrlichman and President Nixon himself. The men arrested for the initial burglary were Bernard Barker, Virgilio Gonzalez, Eugenio Martinez, Frank Sturgis and James W. McCord.

Other people involved in the Watergate Scandal were the Plumbers, a collection of operatives trained in security and intelligence. The Plumbers included former CIA agent E. Howard Hunt Jr. and G. Gordon Liddy, a former assistant district attorney from Duchess County, N.Y. The two newspaper investigators who uncovered the whole scandal were Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

The Watergate Scandal began on June 17, 1972, at the National Democratic Committee headquarters in the Watergate apartment-office complex in Washington, D.C. when burglars were caught taking photos of documents. The men were linked to the president's re-election committee. Four of the burglars had CIA connections. Carl Bernstein was present at their arraignment, and these surprising associations led to a Washington Post investigation. President Nixon's role in the Watergate break-in was revealed in a tape from a June 1972 conversation with White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, in which Nixon discussed a plan to have the CIA pressure the FBI to cease investigation of the Watergate case. This led to Nixon’s decision to resign.