‘Worse than Watergate’
Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather has a really bad feeling about the Flynn scandal. While this appeared on his Facebook page Tuesday, it appears even more timely after the full week of jaw-dropping revelations:
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 measure by which all future scandals are judged. It has all the necessary ingredients, and that is chilling.
When we look back at Watergate, we remember the end of the Nixon Presidency. It came with an avalanche, but for most of the time my fellow reporters and I were chasing down the story as it rumbled along with a low-grade intensity. We never were quite sure how much we would find out about what really happened. In the end, the truth emerged into the light, and President Nixon descended into infamy.
This Russia story started out with an avalanche and where we go from here no one really knows. Each piece of news demands new questions. We are still less than a month into the Trump Presidency, and many are asking that question made famous by Tennessee Senator Howard Baker those many years ago: “What did the President know, and when did he know it?” New reporting suggests that Mr. Trump knew for weeks. We can all remember the General Michael Flynn’s speech from the Republican National Convention – “Lock her up!” in regards to Hillary Clinton. If Hillary Clinton had done one tenth of what Mr. Flynn had done, she likely would be in jail. And it isn’t just Mr. Flynn, how far does this go?
The White House has no credibility on this issue. Their spigot of lies – can’t we finally all agree to call them lies – long ago lost them any semblance of credibility. I would also extend that to the Republican Congress, who has excused away the Trump Administration’s assertions for far too long.
We need an independent investigation. Damn the lies, full throttle forward on the truth. If a scriptwriter had approached Hollywood with what we are witnessing, he or she would probably have been told it was way too far-fetched for even a summer blockbuster. But this is not fiction. It is real and it is serious. Deadly serious. We deserve answers and those who are complicit in this scandal need to feel the full force of justice.
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mea_mark February 17th, 2017 at 08:13
If we don’t get a full investigation the world won’t trust us. If the world doesn’t trust us, war becomes a very real possibility. It would be in the interest of all Americans to pursue an investigation. The truth has to be better than war, especially in a world with lots of nuclear missiles. We must demand the truth.
Larry Schmitt February 17th, 2017 at 08:37
If the president is afraid of the truth (and that certainly seems to be the case) how in the world can we trust him?
mea_mark February 17th, 2017 at 08:41
We can’t. We need a new president. Congress is threatening our national security by letting the buffoon carry on with his childish antics and his conspiratorial actions.
Gina Bousquet February 17th, 2017 at 09:30
He is definitely no trustworthy material, never was it seems.
Mensa Member February 17th, 2017 at 09:10
Let’s compare and contrast:
Nixon conspired with this staff to break US laws by breaking into the DNC.
It looks like Trump conspired with a foreign power to break US laws by hacking the DNC.
The conspiring with a hostile government makes this significantly worse than Watergate.
Gina Bousquet February 17th, 2017 at 09:31
Good points. Undeniable.
StoneyCurtisll February 18th, 2017 at 10:01
It is far worse than Watergate…
This is not a 3rd rate burglary gone bad, it is the usurping of our democratic process by a foreign power in collusion with a political party who now seems to be covering up the evidence/facts and so far refusing to investigate the crime.
Buford2k11 February 17th, 2017 at 09:41
we must remain centered and ready for anything….
William February 17th, 2017 at 11:34
Whomever is leaking this stuff is going to have a heck of a book deal when the dust settles. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f6fe2ec8dfcee53b0fcba04c9103fcfbebf0b3e50d7e51047eefb33e3883639f.jpg
StoneyCurtisll February 18th, 2017 at 09:56
Frank Wahl February 17th, 2017 at 11:46
Or at the very least, worse than Rathergate!
robert February 17th, 2017 at 12:07
The leaker has to come forward or the CIA has to stop this now Why continue as if there isn’t enough
amersham1046 February 17th, 2017 at 17:30
Its common knowledge Dan Rather has been creating fake news for decades,