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Richard M. Nixon's (1913-1994) second term as the United States President was a difficult one. During his reelection campaign in 1972, the Nixon Administration was involved in the break-in at the Democratic National Committee's Washington, D. C. headquarters. The incident, and the attempts by the Nixon administration to cover it up, is commonly referred to as the Watergate Scandal.
Repeated calls for Nixon's impeachment by both members of the House of Representatives and national organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union occurred throughout the latter half of 1972 and 1973, and by February 1974, the House Judiciary Committee began officially investigating Nixon. Impeachment hearings began on May 9, 1974, and during the testimonies, it was discovered that in addition to the Watergate Scandal, Nixon had covertly recorded conversations in the Oval Office use a voice-activated recording system. Nixon resigned from office on August 9, 1974, amidst the impeachment proceedings.