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Mormons and the Watergate Scandal: 5 Fascinating Connections

From reporters to senators to famous inventors, several Latter-day Saints played an important part in Watergate as they helped expose the truth about the scandal to the American people.

When people think of major political scandals that reach the highest levels of government in the United States, Latter-day Saint apostles don't often come to mind. But during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, Elder D. Todd Christofferson played a key role in the trial that ultimately led to the end of a presidency.

When men were caught breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office complex on June 17, 1972, the burglars' trials revealed a series of questionable connections and scandals that connected directly back to the president of the United States, Richard Milhous Nixon. Among these were tapes recorded in the White House, infamously dubbed the Nixon tapes, that Judge John Sirica ordered Nixon to hand over exactly 43 years ago, on Aug 29, 1973. From these tapes, Judge Sirica and his law clerk, D. Todd Christofferson, learned that the political corruption inherent in this case reached far and wide within the White House.

Elder Christofferson wasn't the only Mormon who helped in the trial, though. From reporters to senators to famous inventors, several Latter-day Saints played an important part in Watergate as they helped expose the truth to the American people.

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