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Ellsberg file cabinet
The Nixon administration established a secret-operations unit known as the Plumbers. On September 3, 1971, they broke into the office of Dr. Lewis Fielding, Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. They were looking for damaging information against Ellsberg, who had leaked Pentagon papers concerning the Vietnam War to the press. This file cabinet was damaged in the search. It was the first in a series of Plumbers' break-ins that included the famous escapade at the Watergate Hotel that eventually brought down Richard Nixon's presidency.



 John Dean's testimony
The testimony of John Dean, former counsel to the president, before the Senate Watergate hearings in June 1973 proved extremely damaging to President Nixon. In one of the turning points of the hearings, Dean was asked "What did the president know and when did he know it?" Dean answered by outlining Nixon's extensive involvement in a cover-up of the Watergate burglary from the beginning, including his authorization of hush money to silence witnesses.
 John and Maureen Dean, waiting for him to testify, by Fred J. Maroon.

Courtesy of Fred J. Maroon


On December 18, 1998, the House of Representatives voted to impeach William J. Clinton. The charges were perjury and obstruction of justice stemming from the president's testimony in a civil suit and whether he misrepresented his relationship with a White House intern. The debate largely focused on whether his crimes, if real, rose to the level of an impeachable offense. Clinton was acquitted in the Senate of the charges.
 Roll-call sheets from the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives for the vote to impeach President Clinton. As with Andrew Johnson's impeachment, accusers and defenders were sharply divided along party lines. All of the Republicans on the committee voted to recommend that the full House consider impeachment and all of the Democrats opposed sending it forward.

Lent by Congressman James E. Rogan

Original draft of the articles of impeachment against President Clinton,
which was reviewed by Congressman James E. Rogan.

Lent by Congressman James E. Rogan

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