Dan Rather took to Facebook today to comment on the growing scandal around Gen. Michael Flynn’s resignation from his post as National Security Advisor.
When calls from Flynn to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak were leaked to the public, he was forced to admit that he had been less than honest when he said that he had not discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia that had been put in place by President Obama. Since Trump had not yet been sworn in as president at that time, therefore Flynn had not yet been confirmed or taken up his office yet, he violated the Logan Act by negotiating with a foreign country as a private citizen.
The official White House story on Flynn and his resignation changes as often and vastly as the scandal grows. Dan Rather said this was possibly a bigger scandal than Watergate.
‘Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now. It was the closest we came to a debilitating Constitutional crisis, until maybe now. 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. And we 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. It has all the necessary ingredients, and that is chilling.
Dan Rather worked as a reporter at CBS News during the Watergate scandal, which he describes in his Facebook post as having started with an “avalanche” before saying that the scandal over Michael Flynn’s calls to Russia as being eerily similar.
‘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.’
The iconic news reporter also called out the GOP for their silence on the scandal, which he feels is hypocritical in the wake of the years-long and taxpayer-funded investigation that was conducted into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after Benghazi. Trump used that story to discredit Clinton on the campaign trail, even promising to charge her with a crime as president.
‘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?’
While Rather went on to call publicly for an investigation, there is one group of people he doesn’t think anyone should even bother to question.
‘The White House has no credibility on this issue.’
What a frightening thought.
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