Veteran journalist Dan Rather, who covered the scandal that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation, thinks Michael Flynn’s Russia scandal might be even worse.
“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,” Rather wrote in a viral Facebook post. “[W]e 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.”
In the post, Rather described how the Watergate scandal continued to escalate in intensity as more details emerged. While serving as a White House correspondent for CBS News in the 1970s, Rather recalled how he and his colleagues continued to unearth shocking new revelations about the scandal in which Richard Nixon’s administration broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters and proceeded to try to cover up the crime.
“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,” Rather wrote, recounting how the details of Nixon’s advance knowledge of the plot eventually became public and brought an abrupt end to his presidency:
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?
Rather ended his post with a plea for an independent investigation into disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who promptly resigned this week when he was found to have discussed the lifting of Russian sanctions with a Russian diplomat prior to Donald Trump taking the oath of office.
“We deserve answers and those who are complicit in this scandal need to feel the full force of justice,” Rather wrote.
Read his full post below:
Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now. It was the closest we came to a debilitating…
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