Question: What are the Basic Facts about the Watergate Hotel Break In?
Answer: On June 17, 1972, five men were caught trying to break into and wiretap the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. At 1:55 A.M., security guard Frank Wills found evidence of a break-in and called the police. His actions led to the arrest of the five men breaking into the Democratic headquarters on the sixth floor of the hotel. These five men along with two others were convicted in January, 1973 of the break-in. As would later be uncovered by Washington Post journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, all seven men were either directly or indirectly employees of CREEP, President Nixon's reelection committee. In March, 1973, one of the convicted burglars, James McCord, wrote a letter to a judge telling of a coverup of the burglary.
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