A curious crime, two young reporters, and a secret source known as "Deep Throat" ... Washington would be changed forever.

The courts, the Congress and a special prosecutor probe the burglars' connections to the White House and discover a secret taping system.

President Nixon refuses to release the tapes and fires the special prosecutor. A decisive Supreme Court ruling is a victory for investigators.

After 30 years, one of Washington's best-kept secrets is exposed.

"Whether ours shall continue to be a government of laws and not of men is now before Congress and ultimately the American people."

—Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox after his firing, Oct. 20, 1973
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