Senator Tim Kaine, vice presidential nominee for the Democratic party, is comparing Donald Trump’s comments, encouraging Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, to the Watergate scandal, which led to the near-impeachment and eventual resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.
In 1972, burglars broke into the DNC headquarters in the Watergate building in Washington, D.C. at the orders of President Nixon’s re-election campaign. Nixon resigned in disgrace just two years later.
While speaking on ABC’s This Week, Sen. Kaine was pressed by host Martha Raddatz about the recent notes released from Hillary Clinton’s interview with the FBI about the use of a private email server while at the State Department.
Sen. Kaine responded to the media’s criticism by saying that Clinton had made a mistake when she decided to just use one device, rather than multiple devices. He stated that Hillary has since apologized for her actions, and has learned her lesson. Sen. Kaine then argued that, on the other hand, we have a candidate who will not release his tax returns, even after promising to do so. He then warned the media that Trump is a danger to national security by saying:
‘He has openly encouraged Russia to engage in cyber hacking to try to find more emails or materials, and we know that this cyber-attack on the D.N.C. was likely done by Russia.’
The Democratic senator explained the seriousness of the GOP nominee’s comments, comparing them to the Watergate scandal:
‘So contrast the Hillary situation, where the FBI said there’s no need for legal proceedings, with an attack that is being encouraged by Donald Trump on the DNC by Russia similar to what led to resignation of a president 30 years ago.’
Sen. Kaine also responded to criticism about why his running-mate has not had a formal press conference in 274 days by bashing Trump and his campaign’s treatment of the press when he said:
‘We’re not a campaign that is acting like Putin and other dictators and banning press outlets from even attending public events. That’s not American, but that’s what Donald Trump is doing.’
Trump later tried to say that his words of encouragement to Russia were “sarcastic.” I think we’ve all heard him say this a time or two.
Check out Sen. Kaine’s full interview with ABC below via YouTube:
Featured Image is a screenshot from the video.