With its echoes of Richard Nixon’s infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” during Watergate, to fire Robert Mueller sounds like an insane, almost suicidal proposition. And yet when asked by George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ This Week whether the president would promise not to interfere with the special counsel probe, his lawyer Jay Sekulow offered no such guarantee — feeding speculation about what Trump might do.
For John Oliver, the current barrage of scandals engulfing the Trump administration isn’t “Kremlingate” or “Trump/Russia.” Harkening back to a simpler time, he calls it “Stupid Watergate” — a national trauma with all the potential implications of the events that brought down Richard Nixon, “but where everyone is stupid and bad at everything.”
Danziger is old enough to remember the bad old days of Nixon, Watergate, and the Saturday Night Massacre in October 1973 — and suddenly those memories seem exceptionally vivid.
Not since Nixon has the United States had a leader who believes so strongly that there is an orchestrated campaign to undermine his presidency. And the revelations over months about contacts between Russian officials and Trump advisers remind some of the slow beginnings of the Watergate scandal.
The allegation by a president of such serious subterfuge against a predecessor is likely unprecedented. The claim has reportedly been denied by the current head of the FBI James Comey, by a spokesperson for Obama, and by Obama’s former intelligence chief James Clapper.
It’s unclear where Trump got the idea to accuse Obama of wiretapping, although the accusations follow a Friday Breitbart article detailing conservative radio host Mark Levin’s attempts to prove Obama’s “police state” tactics and “silent coup,” ostensibly to hurt Trump’s campaign and boost Hillary Clinton’s.
An imperiled president says the state of the union demands radical change and asks the help of a supine Congress, while an imperiled administrative state seeks to protect constitutional government with the help of a burgeoning civil society protest movement and unknown allies in the FBI and CIA.
Do Trump and his associates have something to hide — something even bigger and uglier than Watergate? The ferocity of their reactions certainly arouses suspicion, and so did their peculiar effort to conceal the misconduct of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, which they attempted to hide even from the hapless vice president.
Watergate, a saga that began with the discovery of a “third-rate burglary” at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in a Washington hotel but soon exploded into a mind-blowing criminal operation at the highest levels in the White House, the Justice Department, the CIA, and the FBI itself.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange probably wouldn’t appreciate the irony of a US government agency applying his vaunted “transparency” ethic to his own shady operations.
The Trump campaign was battling back, circulating “talking points” to a core of high-profile Republicans who promote Trump in the news media. The points sought to undermine establishment Republicans who have abandoned Trump.
David Greenberg examines the complex relationship between our politics-driven media and our media-driven politics in his new book.
Obscured by sensational and often stupid media coverage, the fundamental facts are simple. There is no evidence that Hillary Clinton violated any rule or law in her use of a private email server, however badly advised.
Our fascination with President Richard Nixon long survives the man. Less than 5% of Nixon’s taped conversations have been transcribed and published, but now a new book, the Nixon Tapes 1971-72 takes us into two years of the late President’s conversations and rants. According to Goodreads “The Nixon Tapes, with annotations and commentary by Luke Nichter and […]
Four decades ago this weekend, in the living room of Jerry Ford’s high-school civics teacher, I watched on television the end of the Watergate nightmare. What we could not have known then was that we were also at the beginning of a new national nightmare, a much worse disaster that slowly erodes our Constitution, our […]
Very few Republican operatives knew the Nixon gang as intimately as Roger Stone, the legendary trickster whose back is adorned with an enormous Tricky Dick tattoo. And very few know New Jersey politics as well as Stone, who toiled among the party faithful in many campaigns since 1980, when he first ran the Garden State […]