Watergate during the Capitol riots
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Watergate during the Capitol riots

FILE – Richard Nixon says goodbye with a victorious salute to his staff outside the White House as he boards a helicopter after resigning from the presidency on Aug. 9, 1974. The traumas of Watergate and Jan. 6 are separated by a half-century, largely from different eras and concerned different issues. However, in both episodes, the president tried to circumvent democracy. Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in that ultimately consumed Richard Nixon’s presidency. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File)