The Watergate Conspiracy

The story of the Watergate political break-in. And the devastating result that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. And beyond.


14. The End of the Presidency-Epilogue

Quote: "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore-because, Gentlemen, this is my last press conference", unquote, -37th United States President Richard Milhous Nixon, (January 9, 1913-April 22, 1994).

Timeline of events

---July, 1973---Alexander Butterfield, (April 6, 1926-), worked for President Richard Milhous Nixon. He served the Federal Aviation Association, (FAA). He was in the United States military during World War II; Butterfield was educated at the University of California, (Los Angeles). After leaving home, (in 1943), he was friends with H. R. Haldeman and John Ehlichman. By 1948, (aged twenty-two), he was part of the United States Air Force. After being in Australia, he came back to America, he met Haldeman on December 19, 1968, (about six years' after the resignation of President Nixon in 1974 in New York for a job). After a distinguished military career, he met Alexander Haig, (December 2, 1924 – February 20, 2010); he was the "Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defence). Haig, a charismatic man, also served in World War II. He was a United States Army General. Haig served in the Korean War in the nineteen-fifties, and was involved in the 1st Battalion Division in the Vietnam War, in the turbulent nineteen-sixties. Afterwards, he worked in politics. Butterfield continued his studies, and was in Australia. Butterfield attended the National War College. He obtained a Batchelor of Science degree, (1956); and a Master of Science degree at George Washington University, (1967). Butterfield formally had a title of "Special Assistant to the President"; the date was: January 23, 1969, (three and a half years or more before Watergate). After venting his fractured thoughts about President Nixon, Haig said: "If you don't do exactly as I could upset Nixon". The threat disturbed Butterfield; the idea of working for a President who was on the verge of paranoia, seeped out of The Oval Office. Unlike other sitting United States Presidents, (old and new), the nineteen-seventies was a decade of nightmares. "I want the Oval Office to have a taping system where I can hear who is talking to me", President Richard Milhous Nixon told Haig and Butterfield. The date was: February 10, 1971. Once everything was worked out, Nixon relaxed on his chair in The Oval Office...and smiled. It was a year and half before America crumpled under the pressure of not only Watergate...but the whole country. By April 10, 1971, the taping was installed in the "Lincoln Sitting Room", (named after the assassinated 16th American President Abraham Lincoln-(February 12, 1809-April 15, 1865); and the "Executive Office Building". After the 1972 American election, Butterfield worked for the Federal Aviation Authority, (FAA); Butterfield resigned his political job on May of 1973, but the controversy of the taping system had sent shockwaves around America.


February 7, 1973

The Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, (the long-winded formal title); also known as: "The Senate Watergate Committee", was formed to unearth the illegal activities within the Oval Office.  Democrat Sam Ervin, (September 27, 1896 – April 23, 1985), was the Chair. He grew up in the town of Morganton, North Carolina. During World War I, Ervin served in France where he was honoured with various war medals. Ervin was a member of The Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, (1917); he attended Harvard Law School, (1922), when he was twenty-six. Ervin defended the notorious "Jim Crow laws", and "racial segregation". Ervin served as a North Carolina Senator from 1954 to 1974. Ervin was famous for ruining the career of Senator Joe McCarthy. He disagreed with his rantings about Communists inside America. By 1971, Ervin was year to force Nixon's hand. That year, Ervin was a voter for the important "Equal Rights Amendment". After a military scandal rocked America, (January of 1970), Ervin made sure the United States Army were accountable for their actions. With the help of journalist Christopher Pyle, (1939-), Ervin formed the "Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act", Democrat Mike Mansfield, (March 16, 1903 – October 5, 2001), asked Ervin to chair the "Watergate" incident. And he agreed before he retired from public life.


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