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Is Trump Moving Towards His Own Watergate?

February 15, 2017

Hat Tip to Rolf.

My life-long interest in Richard Nixon makes the following most interesting to note.

Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather has compared the controversy over links between members of President Donald Trump’s team and Russia to the Watergate scandal.

Rather, who was for decades one of the best known and most trusted figures in US journalism, said in a Facebook post: “Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now.”

He said Watergate, which brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon in 1974, had been a nine-out-of-10 on a scale of crisis for the US government, while “this Russia scandal is currently somewhere around a five or six”.

He continued: “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 measure by which all future scandals are judged.

“It has all the necessary ingredients, and that is chilling.”

A number of comments by Rather’s Facebook followers, several of which had likes in the tens of thousands, suggested that the way Republican politicians scrutinized President Nixon was the benchmark that should be applied now.

Since his post was published, leading Republicans such as Devin Nunes, John Cornyn and John McCain have urged further investigation.

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