It’s been 40 years since Richard Nixon’s henchmen bungled U.S. history’s most infamous break-in. A guide to what’s become of all those guys in wide ties.

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It’s been 40 years since Richard Nixon’s henchmen bungled U.S. history’s most infamous break-in. A guide to what’s become of all those guys in wide ties.

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A Watergate Family Reunion

“When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal”- R.N.
“When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal”- R.N.

It’s been 40 years since Richard Nixon’s henchmen bungled U.S. history’s most infamous break-in. A guide to what’s become of all those guys in wide ties.

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The Target
The Target

The burglary and wiretaps targeted Democratic officials R. Spencer Oliver, now secretary general of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and Lawrence O’Brien, now deceased.

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H.R. Haldeman
H.R. Haldeman

Nixon’s chief of staff called himself “the president’s son-of-a-bitch.” He served 18 months in prison for orchestrating the cover-up, and later worked in real estate. He died in 1993.

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Howard Hunt
Howard Hunt

The White House consultant organized the bugging of the Democratic Party headquarters and worked on the "plumbers" team, trying to stop leaks to the press. He did 33 months' time and then wrote thrillers. Hunt died in 2007.

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John Ehrlichman
John Ehrlichman

The domestic adviser directed the “plumbers,” who tried to plug press leaks. After serving 18 months in prison for his role in Watergate, he became an executive at an Atlanta engineering company that handled hazardous waste. He died in 1999.

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G. Gordon Liddy
G. Gordon Liddy

Ehrlichman’s aide helped mastermind the burglary and worked closely with the "plumbers." He served almost five years of his 20-year sentence before it was commuted by President Carter. Liddy's now a conservative radio-talk show host.

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John Mitchell
John Mitchell

Nixon’s campaign manager and attorney general did 19 months in prison. He then returned to Washington to work as a consultant before his death in 1988.

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Charles Colson
Charles Colson

Nixon's special counsel and so-called evil genius did seven months' time, becoming a born-again Christian behind bars. Afterward, he advocated for bible-based prison reforms as a leading figure in the evangelical movement. He died in April this year.

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Hugh Sloan
Hugh Sloan

Nixon’s campaign treasurer testified against his colleagues; he’s now chairman of the board of Spartan Motors.

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Archibald Cox
Archibald Cox

The first special prosecutor was fired by Solicitor General Robert Bork in the “Saturday night massacre.” He went back to teaching at Harvard Law School, and died on May 29, 2004 (the same day as Sam Dash, chief counsel of the Senate Watergate Committee).

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John Dean
John Dean

The White House counsel turned on his boss in Senate testimony. Now he’s writing a book on Watergate: “I can do so with a lot of surprising detachment.” Dean says he wishes he'd had more experience with criminal law prior to joining the Nixon White House. "It happened to be absolutely essential...and had I had that training, my antenna might have quivered much faster than it did and I could have acted sooner than I did."

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Rose Mary Woods
Rose Mary Woods

Nixon’s secretary tried to explain away an 18½- minute gap in a tape that may have revealed what Nixon knew about the break-in. She died in 2005

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Pat Buchanan
Pat Buchanan

Now a pundit, Nixon’s former speechwriter recently left MSNBC amid controversy over a book he wrote.

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Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein
Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein
Bob Woodward (left) The reporter who moved a plant on his balcony when he wanted to see “Deep Throat” still writes for the Post.
Carl Bernstein “It was both a lot of pressure and ...exhilarating,” says Woodward’s former colleague. Bernstein is now developing a TV show about Congress.
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Mark Felt aka "Deep Throat"
Mark Felt aka "Deep Throat"

The No. 2 at the FBI met Woodward late at night in a Virginia parking garage. Felt’s identity, a secret for 33 years, was revealed in 2005, three years before he died.

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The Senate Watergate Committee
The Senate Watergate Committee

Scott Armstrong
Now a consultant, Armstrong had a momentous first day as an investigator on the committee: “I hadn’t even unpacked my car and I was interviewing the two most powerful men that aided the president of the United States.”

Sam Ervin
The committee's Democratic chairman once said Watergate's conspirators "showed the same mentality of the Gestapo." He retired from the Senate in December of 1974, four months after Nixon's resignation, and died in 1985.

Fred Thompson
An actor who was seen this year on The Good Wife, he lawyered for the committee long before playing Manhattan's district attorney on Law and Order.

Sam Dash
He died in May of 2004, the same day as former special prosecutor Cox.

Howard Baker
Now senior counsel at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; he was the committee’s top Republican member.

John Sirica
The federal judge forced Nixon to turn over the secret White House tapes, laying the foundation for the president’s resignation.

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