Journal E Illusions and Delusions: The Watergate Decade Journal E: The Watergate Decade

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Demonstration outside the White House in spring, 1973

John Ehrlichman and G. Gordon Liddy were indicted on September 4, 1973 in connection with the 1971 burglary of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. Ellsberg had given Pentagon documents to the New York Times in 1971, and Ehrlichman's and Liddy's "White House Plumber's Unit" was created to plug such security leaks.

On October 20, Attorney General Eliot Richardson resigned during the "Saturday Night Massacre". Richardson had refused to fire special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus also refused to fire Cox and also resigned. Solicitor General Robert Bork then took over the job of firing Cox.

On October 23, eight impeachment resolutions were introduced in the House, and Nixon announced he would turn over the Watergate Tapes.

On November 21, an 18.5 minute gap in the tapes was revealed by the White House, and on November 27, Nixon's personal secretary Rose Mary Woods testified she accidentally erased five minutes of the tapes.

Photo © 2001 Mark Godfrey