In 1972, operatives with Richard Nixon’s campaign broke into Democratic offices at the Watergate office building in an attempt to electronically monitor communications in the hopes of connecting George McGovern’s campaign to Cuba. Police foiled the burglary, but investigative reporting uncovered the scandal, leading to articles of impeachment being drawn up against President Nixon and his resignation.
Beginning in 2016, operatives with Hillary Clinton’s campaign colluded with tech experts who had access to Donald Trump’s electronic communications in the hopes of connecting his campaign to Russia. This monitoring continued even after Trump was elected President, with the tech company having access not only to Trump Tower but to the Oval Office. The goal was not so much to find evidence of Russian involvement in Trump’s presidency but to create a “narrative” to that effect. This effort was part of the mix that would lead, along with other complaints, to the impeachment trial of President Trump.