2017 or 1974?
It’s June 17th 1972, several men who worked for Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign just got arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters located at the Watergate building in Washington D.C. Fast forward to October 1972 these men are indicated by the F.B.I. 5 pleaded guilty and 2 were convicted. We fast forward even further to October 20th 1973, president Richard Nixon demands Archibald Cox, an independent special prosecutor, be fired from the investigation which led to a host of Department of Justice officials to resign known as: the Saturday Night Massacre. The following spring on March 1st, 1974 seven of Nixon’s aides were indicted all based on watergate ties. That coming July the Supreme Court ruled that Nixon turn over the tapes of recorded conversations in the oval office. Finally, on august 5th, 1974 Nixon released the tapes which was littered with evidence that he was involved in the Watergate cover up and on August 8th Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to resign from the presidency.
Now let us return to May 9th, 2017. James Comey was fired as the head of the F.B.I. While at the F.B.I. he was investigating Trump’s administration’s ties to the Russian government. We already know at this point that Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s first national security advisor, resigned for lying to Vice-President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. In reality this wasn’t the case and the whole story is much more complicated, Mattathias Schwartzthe from the Intercept did a wonderful piece over what events actually happened.
James Comey is fired for a number of different reasons, the most comical one is because the way Comey and the F.B.I. handled Clinton’s investigation all the way back in November. This laughable excuse of being too hard on Clinton is a joke, they then told reporters in the oval office “he wasn’t doing a good job.” Both these claims are preposterous. Who chanted “Lock Her Up!” during the campaign and was jubilant over Comey’s decision to reopen Hillary’s investigation? Oh that’s right Donny Tiny Hands Trump. Well, Trump sure loved him some Comey until now, I mean Trump did blow Comey a kiss for christ sake.
The day after the firing of James Comey, May 10th, Sally Yates, who served as acting attorney general during the first days of Trump’s presidency, testified that Flynn could be “compromised.”
Also on this same day, Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. Trump allowed Russian led news media to take photos in the oval office, Trump also discussed classified information pertaining to ISIS. This classified information was “code-word information.” Which is a terrible idea considering we haven’t shared this information with our allies, yet alone asked our allies that the information affects if we could share the classified information that might affect their country. Secondly, our interests in Syria is different than Russia’s and Russia’s allies (Iran) are enemies of our allies (Israel).
The New York Times also released an article on May 10th stating that in January the president invited James Comey for dinner and at this dinner Trump asked Comey: “Whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him.” Following this article lawmakers begin to call “for a special prosecutor to investigate potential collusion.” Trump being the man child that he is gets angry and immediately goes to Twitter. While on twitter Trump says something that is a tiny bit problematic for his defense. Trump tweets:
You don’t say “better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations” unless you have tapes of your conversations. Also, if you have tapes let’s hear them. If Trump is so sure he is right and there isn’t anything to hide release the tapes and let’s hear for ourselves. Did having tapes work out last time?
Trump also on several occasions tried to convince Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. After being concerned that Trump was obstructing justice, Comey decides to leave a paper trail of memos after each interaction with Trump, knowing that they could be called into questioning later on.
The House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) Tweets:
The question we find ourselves at now is not if but when will Donald Trump become impeached or resign like our 37th. Once the memos Comey have are released it’s almost certainly good night for Trump. We have a sitting president neck deep in Russia ties and now cover ups over those Russian ties. This is becoming one of the most historical times in U.S. history. The weeks to come will be more historical than Watergate. Nixon covered up Watergate/ led Watergate because he was paranoid. Trump isn’t trying to cover up his mess because he is paranoid. No, Trump knows exactly what him, Flynn, Manafort, and Page, got themselves into and they desperately do not want us to know.