Being a comparatively “old timer”, the breaking news of this morning with President Donald Trump claiming that he had been “wire tapped” brought back long ago memories of another time and place when this had occurred before.
On Jun 17, 1972, five men associated with The Committee to Reelect the President (CREEP) were arrested when trying to break into the DNC Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. They were replacing wiretaps on phones that they had previously tapped on May 28, 1972.
The arrest of the five men would eventually lead to the impeachment of President Richard Nixon by the House of Representatives. Nixon would resign on Aug 9, 1974 before he was subjected to trial and conviction by the Senate.
Similarities of Watergate and Wiregate
The irony of Wiregate cannot be missed when compared to Watergate. It is time to list some of those ironies.
Wiretapping – Both scandals involve wiretapping, one the DNC and the other, Donald Trump.
Election Campaigns – Both were attempts to influence the outcome of Presidential Elections.
The FBI – In one, the FBI investigated the wiretapping. In the other, the FBI initiated it.
Presidential Campaigns and Cronies – Both involved parties who were part of the Presidential Administrations in power at the time.
Cover ups – Both engaged in cover ups. Nixon attempted to cover up his administration’s involvement and Democrat politicians and the media are engaged now in covering up Wiregate.
Attorney Generals – Nixon Attorney General was briefed on the plan and thought it to be unrealistic. Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch would have needed to sign off on the plan to take it to FISA.
Confidential Informants – Both had confidential informants. Watergate had Mark Felt, a senior FBI official leaking information to different sources. Wiregate has currently unknown FBI personnel leaking as well.
Washington Post – The Washington Post was one major newspaper who received information from both leakers.
Moral and Patriotic Reason for leaking – Reasons given so far for leaking is based upon “moral and patriotic” feelings. Felt because of the criminal activity by the White House and Nixon. For Wiregate, it appears that “patriotic claims” exist as well.
Hatred of the President – Both “Gate’s” involved hatred of the President as a true cause.
Hotels – Both buildings were hotels with offices and residences.
Calls for Resignation or Impeachment – Calls for both President Nixon and President Trump to resign or be impeached were continuous from Democrats.
Constitutional Crisis – Each “Gate” is leading to a Constitutional Crisis.
It would appear that history is repeating itself with Wiregate. Essentially the same general parties are involved, just operating in different roles. And another Constitutional Crisis is the coming impact of Wiregate, just like with Watergate.
As the attack on President Trump continues, I expect that we will be seeing more and more similarities to Watergate. The only hope of the Democratic Party is to continue the attacks upon the President, hoping that they can damage him and force a resignation. The problem for the Democrats is that every action that they take, it generates a stronger and much more devastating response from both Trump and his supporters and that results in further loss of ground for the Dems.
Folks, this is another Major Battle in the 2nd American Uncivil War. And it appears to be a very significant one. The winner of this battle could take the war.
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Senator Ben Sasse, noted Anti-Trumper has released a statement on Wiregate. From Zerohedge
“The President today made some very serious allegations, and the informed citizens that a republic requires deserve more information.
If there were wiretaps of then-candidate Trump’s organization or campaign, then it was either with FISA Court authorization or without such authorization.
If without, the President should explain what sort of wiretap it was and how he knows this. It is possible that he was illegally tapped.
On the other hand, if it was with a legal FISA Court order, then an application for surveillance exists that the Court found credible.
The President should ask that this full application regarding surveillance of foreign operatives or operations be made available, ideally to the full public, and at a bare minimum to the U.S. Senate.
Sasses then concludes:
“We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust, and the President’s allegations today demand the thorough and dispassionate attention of serious patriots. A quest for the full truth, rather than knee-jerk partisanship, must be our guide if we are going to rebuild civic trust and health.”