Friday, 20 October, 2017

From Watergate To "This Russia Thing": Comparing Nixon To Trump

McCain: Trump Needs to 'Clean House,' Find Communications 'A-Team' From Watergate To "This Russia Thing": Comparing Nixon To Trump
Christy Curtis | 20 May, 2017, 00:57

Trump supporters "see the news media and the establishment as one of those airlines dragging them down the aisle, bloodying them", said Alex Castellanos, a Republican strategist, who said that Trump's foes often fail to understand how their criticism can backfire.

Later in the evening, McCain spoke to CBS' Bob Schieffer about the news at the International Republican Institute's Freedom Dinner.

Scandals within the Trump administration are reaching the "size and scale" of Watergate, prominent Republican leader John McCain, a staunch critic of U.S. president Donald Trump, has said.

The White House issued a furious denial after the notes were disclosed near the end of a tumultuous day spent beating back potentially disastrous news reports from dawn to dusk. McCain also expressed grave concern that Trump was hosting Russian foreign ministers in the oval office, saying that it is even more "unacceptable" that Trump chose to share classified information during that meeting.

Defending Trump's actions, officials played down the importance and secrecy of the information, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. McCain went on to say, "Watergate took many months".

But few have used the phrase as often as President Trump.

According to the source who read Comey's memo, Trump told Comey: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

For the sake of the republic-as much today as in 1974-the president must be impeached. That is why deputy attorney-general Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel. Even worse is that, on Sunday, Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said that a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director wouldn't be considered unless a special prosecutor was appointed to join the House, Senate and FBI in investigating if there was any connection between Team Trump and the Russians.

Nixon agreed. He told Haldeman and Ehrlichman to meet with Walters, a longtime Nixon loyalist whom the president had placed in the Central Intelligence Agency to monitor its director, Richard Helms, and give him the order to talk to Gray. The memo's release comes on the heels of Trump's decision to fire Comey last Tuesday.

The comments are the harshest yet from the GOP side of the aisle and come as some Democrats are openly calling for President Donald Trump impeachment over the "Comey Memo". The White House at first denied it, but by Tuesday morning, Trump was on-where else?-Twitter, asserting that he had the authority to share whatever he wanted with whomever he wanted. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the president's mounting scandals were inching towards Watergate proportions.

There's certainly a concern in the market that Trump's policy agenda of tax cuts and deregulation could be derailed by these controversies, Cashin said.

Both Trump and Nixon tried to steer public attention away from their respective scandals, both attacked the press - and specifically the Washington Post (is there an award for getting banned from two Administrations?) - and both insisted that investigation into their administration amounted to a witch hunt.

The New York Times says Trump made the request to Comey during a February meeting. Mr Trump initially claimed he was simply following the advice of the Justice Department and that Mr Comey "wasn't doing a good job".

Flynn was sacked after misleading top White House officials about his contacts with Russian Federation.

"Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself", he said in his farewell address to the White House staff on August 9.

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