Some of the most respected professionals in the news and political arenas are likening Donald Trump’s Russia scandal to Richard Nixon’s Watergate. That’s alarming.
News veteran Dan Rather took to facebook last week and with this post, drew startling parallels and intersects between the two disgraceful moments in U.S. history:
Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now. It was the closest we came to a debilitating Constitutional crisis, until maybe now. On a 10 scale of armageddon for our form of government, I would put Watergate at a 9. This Russia scandal is currently somewhere around a 5 or 6, in my opinion, but it is cascading in intensity seemingly by the hour. And we may look back and see, in the end, that it is at least as big as Watergate. It may become the m…
Now, CNN reports that they have chilling evidence that Donald Trump interfered in the FBI investigation of his relationship with/connection to Russia, Vladimir Putin, possible election fraud, and other matters plaguing the already embattled administration. According to CNN, Donald Trump allegedly asked that the FBI publicly refute media reports about Trump’s and his staffers’, connections and communication with Russian officials.
Downplaying the interference that could easily be seen as an attempt to intimidate an investigative body/obstruct justice, White House officials assert that the only reason they made the request of the FBI was because they believed the allegations against the Trump administration to be untrue. Aside from the White House request to publicly dispute the claims being made by Russian officials presenting major ethics issues, since the investigation is ongoing, the direct contact violates restrictions against such contacts..
The legal infractions committed by the Trump administration keep adding up. The Trump administration’s written policy that direct requests/contacts from the White House to the FBI regarding investigations is a violation of procedures that limit communications with the FBI. Memos issued in 2007 and 2009 read in part:
‘Initial communications between the [Justice] Department and the White House concerning pending or contemplated criminal investigations or cases will involve only the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General, from the side of the Department, and the Counsel to the President, the Principal Deputy Counsel to the President, the President, or the Vice President from the side of the White House.’