Then 24 year old Frank Wills was working his midnight to 7 AM shift at the Watergate Office Complex on the night of June 17, 1972 when he discovered at 1 AM that someone had taped the latches on several doors (That allows the doors to close but remain unlocked.) Wills removed the tape on those doors and when he returned an hour later to discovered those same doors were retaped he called the police which resulted in five people being busted inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters offices..
However, when it was discovered that one of the burglars was a Republican Party security aide and money the burglars had been paid for expenses was traced by the FBI back to a fund tied to the aptly named CREEP (Committee to Re-Elect The President), the scandal widened throughout the summer of 1973 and into 1974 as more troubling details emerged.
68 people were charged and 49 convicted of various offenses including members of the Nixon administration. The pardon of Nixon by President Gerald Ford is cited as one of the factors that led to Jimmy Carter being elected president in 1976.
The House Judiciary Committee Impeachment hearings on July 25, 1974 also resulted in a freshman Democratic House representative from Texas named Barbara Jordan making one of the most memorable and still quoted speeches of those hearings
And as for Frank Wills, the African-American security guard who discovered the burglary that brought down the Nixon Administration?
Sadly while other people including the Nixon Administration folks who instigated the scandal got paid with their best selling books and speaking tours, Wills' life was never the same.
He quit his $80 a week job after the security company refused to give him raise for his role in breaking the Watergate scandal. Washington business and organizations dependent on federal funding refused to hire him for fear their federal funding would be cut off in retaliation. He later died in poverty from a brain tumor in Augusta, GA on September 27, 2000.
But the Watergate scandal is a lesson to ponder going into this 2012 presidential election (that we liberal progressive never should have forgotten) that the Republifools will go to any lengths including violating the law and the Constitution they claim to reverently respect to win an election and cling to power.