During Nixon's second term, a scandal arose from burglary in Washington, D.C. While Nixon was campaigning for reelection, five men were caught breaking into Democrat headquarters in the Watergate apartment building. Clues suggested that these men were associated with Nixon’s reelection committee; however Nixon assured the public that no one in the White House was involved with the Watergate affair. Soon, however, new evidence was found that linked the burglars directly to the White House. The Senate then began public hearings, revealing tapes that Nixon had secretly made in his office of conversations about covering up the truth about the Watergate break-in. In the midst of this, another scandal arose. The Vice President was found to be guilty of taking bribes and was forced to resign. Because of the 25th Amendment, Nixon was able to choose a new Vice President. Nixon elected Gerald R. Ford, a member of Congress from Michigan, and Congress approved the decision. In July, 1974, the Watergate Scandal finally came to a head. A committee from the House of Representatives passes articles of impeachment against President Nixon. Even the President’s strongest defenders could not deny the charges pressed against, and in August, 1974, before the impeachment trials could begin, Richard Nixon became the first President in history to resign from office.