In the history of America, the impeachment hearings relating to Richard Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate break-in was the most outrageous example of criminal wrongdoing of a President. Ironically, when Trump accused President Obama of wiretapping his phone, Trump compared the act to the Nixon Watergate scandal.
Now Trump himself appears to have committed offenses that were perhaps more repugnant than the Watergate break in. At least the Watergate Break-in involved a criminal act that was limited to domestic actors and domestic violation of the law. It appears that Trump enlisted the help of a foreign government, Russia, to help in his election. The testimony before the House yesterday indicated multiple people with close ties to Trump, including Paul Manafort, his previous campaign manager
At the outset of a pivotal week in Washington, FBI Director James Comey delivered a political gut-punch to President Donald Trump Monday — and the news possibly could get worse for the president in the days and weeks ahead.
In sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said there was no evidence to Trump’s claims that Barack Obama wiretapped him and Trump Tower, as the current president alleged in a series of tweets earlier this month. And he confirmed that his agency was investigating the 2016 Trump campaign’s links with Russia’s effort to intervene in the presidential election.
His confirmation of that investigation was “historic,” as NBC’s Ari Melber declared on MSNBC, even as the director declined to discuss details.
So, in the span of an hour, the head of the FBI debunked Trump’s explosive charge that Obama tapped his phones:
And he contradicted Trump’s tweets from earlier in the morning that allegations of possible ties between his campaign and Russia were “fake news”:
Monday’s back-to-back revelations from Comey could complicate matters for Trump’s team and agenda in at least three key ways.
One: Confirmation that the FBI is investigating Russia’s contacts with the Trump campaign will only heighten Democratic calls for a special prosecutor, especially after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from federal inquiries involving the 2016 campaign.
“The Department of Justice and Trump administration must allow Director Comey’s investigation to move forward without any interference, meddling, or political pressure of any kind whatsoever,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
Two: Comey’s testimony could lead to additional hearings. The Republican political operative Roger Stone, wh
o congressional Democrats allege might be at the center of contacts with Russian operatives, tweeted during Comey’s testimony that he wanted a chance to respond.
Three: The Comey claim that there is no evidence to support Trump’s assertion that Barack Obama wiretapped him — undercutting the president’s credibility — could hurt Trump as he tries to twist Republican arms in the health-care debate.
It’s only been two months since the inauguration of Donald Trump. I wonder if Trump will still be our president in two more months?