This week, FBI director James Comey and NSA director Michael Rogers are scheduled to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee about what they have learned so far regarding the connection between President Trump’s campaign and Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Naturally, much of the country is anxious to hear what Comey and Rogers have to say, and one representative is already predicting that the scandal is going to be “as big, if not bigger than, Watergate.”
During an interview with MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff on Sunday, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) discussed her feelings about the ongoing investigation into Russia’s involvement in the presidential election. After clarifying that, initially, she and her colleagues will only be privy to information that is “unclassified in nature,” Speier told Soboroff:
‘I can underscore for you that this is as big, if not bigger than Watergate, and it’s going to be incumbent on this committee to have access to the documents that Comey and others have within the FBI to do the kind of thorough investigation that is necessary.’
Soboroff responded by first commenting on the boldness of Speier’s statement, then asking her to clarify what she meant by comparing the situation to Watergate.
Speier, who is a member of both the intelligence committee and the House Armed Services Committee, explained:
‘Let’s underscore the fact that President Putin engaged in one of the most nefarious kinds of activities: meddling in the U.S. election. It hasn’t been done before, he did it surreptitiously, and I believe he probably did it full well knowing the persons here in the United States that he could influence.’
Speier also revealed that there are many people in Trump’s cabinet who are believed to have been “ensnared” by Putin.
‘There is circumstantial evidence of an entire web that Putin put in place, ensnaring many of the people who now have very respected positions within the U.S. cabinet.’
Speier was sure to emphasize during the interview as well the fact that it will take months for the committee to get to the bottom of the relationship between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
‘We will not have all the answers right away, Watergate went on for a long time, but, in part, we need to follow the money, very similar circumstances.’
The interview ended with Soboroff asking Speier about the consequences for President Trump if it is revealed that there was collusion between his campaign and Russia. Speier said that, if any collusion is discovered, it will most likely be “grounds for impeachment.”
Watch the interview below, via Twitter.
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) March 19, 2017
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.