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James McCord was the security director for the Committee to Reelect the President (CREEP). Documents revealed that McCord had received a large sum of money from the Nixon Administration, paid through CREEP, to launch a survelliance campaign against the President's political rivals. The plan to place wiretaps on the phones of the Democratic National Committee offices, as well as placing bugs around the office, was part of this plan. When the burglars were caught, Nixon quickly ordered his staff to cover up all connections between the administration and CREEP, and CREEP and McCord. As the investigations went on, however, an abundance of connections were uncovered that directly linked CREEP to the burglaries, and that linked the White House to CREEP. Nixon's attempt to cover up these connections proved to be his downfall.
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