Since the Trump-Russia investigation first began early in Trump’s first year in office, minor indications and pieces of evidence began painting the picture to a much broader controversy. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has delved deep into the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian-linked agents, and the results have all but implicated the entire Trump team in interacting with foreign individuals as a means of interfering with the 2016 presidential elections.
With people close to the president coming under scrutiny by Mueller’s team, and people like former campaign chair Paul Manafort already having charges filed against them, the extent of controversy that is rising has echoed eerily in the similarities seen during the Nixon Watergate scandal. Many media figures and analysts have pointed out how aligned the two incidences inherently are, including the headlines of articles, the appointment of a special counsel for inquiry, as well as the forceful ousting of many officials from their posts.
One media figure, journalist Tom Brokaw, who was the NBC News White House correspondent during the midst of the Watergate scandal, has recently spoken out to indicate the extent to which he sees similarities between Trump and Nixon in their respective controversies. Whereas previously Brokaw claimed that there was little evidence to suggest the magnitude of the Trump investigation as similar to Watergate, he has recently had a change of mind, as the inquiry and data that has emerged is increasingly pointing to collusion. According to an interview he gave with MSNBC’s Katy Tur, Brokaw claimed that,
‘I have really resisted comparing what’s been going on with Watergate. I thought Watergate was unique, it was historic, there was a criminal procedure, a criminal system going, operated out of the White House…Now, the atmospherics are very much like they were at that time. Here’s the most important thing about Donald Trump as the president: he believes everybody in the country works for him.’
Brokaw goes on to claim that he had refrained from making comparisons between the two situations, due to the sheer gravity of Watergate, and the fact that nobody could refuse the reality of what had occurred. However, as the investigation has continued, and more evidence has been brought to light, Brokaw is beginning to see how the Trump-Russia inquiry is shaping up in a very similar way to that of Nixon’s Watergate scandal.
Brokaw also makes an important indication to the inherent beliefs of the current president, in believing that those in their respective posts work under him, disregarding the reality that holding the highest position in public office means he works for every other person in the country. This is a crucial insight into the ongoing actions of Trump in regards to his interference with other agencies and branches, as well as the potential belief that, as the president, he would be able to get away with corruptive activities.
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) January 29, 2018
The extent to which Trump has meddled with the Justice Department, attempting to impose his agenda and ideals into the agency, is an example of his inability to understand what his post truly means. With more evidence being revealed on a near-daily basis, Trump is going out of his way, and on many cases overreaching his authority, to ensure that charges are not brought up against him and his circle.
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