On June 17, 1972, police arrest five men who break into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., setting off the most explosive scandal in American history.
The Watergate arrests lead to a vast coverup; but after Nixon’s landslide re-election in 1972, the coverup starts to unravel, leaving the presidency exposed.
As the coverup cracks, White House counsel John Dean turns on President Richard Nixon, a Senate committee is formed, and a special prosecutor is appointed.
In 1974, the Senate Watergate Committee and the Watergate Special Prosecutor confront Nixon in a deepening Constitutional crisis.
The firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and the resulting Saturday Night Massacre prompts impeachment proceedings and a Supreme Court confrontation.