As the Watergate scandal fades from memory to myth, a central question about the scarring chapter in U.S. history lingers: Did Richard M. Nixon’s misdeeds and downfall strip the nation of its innocence or affirm the resilience of the American system?
Many of Watergate’s major figures gathered at the complex to tell their stories for a Washington Post forum.
How a growing record of evidence reveals the extent of the former president’s crimes.
OUTLOOK | Investigative reporting’s future is threatened in the chaotic digital reconstruction of journalism.
Apparently until the end of time, we are destined to pluck random nouns from the news and tack on “-gate.”
PHOTOS | Key figures from the Watergate scandal reconvened Monday in Washington.
INTERACTIVE | What would the scandal’s Facebook timeline look like? Probably something like this.
The Watergate Story
A burglary at a Washington office complex called the Watergate in June 1972 grew into a wide-ranging political scandal that culminated in the resignation of President Richard Nixon two years later. "Watergate" is shorthand for this tumultuous time in America and its enduring impact.
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.