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Is this Trump's Watergate?

21 Mai 2017

The Trump White House is likely to be having a much harder time dealing with the announcement of a special counsel than did the Nixon administration, said former Nixon official John Dean.

"I think we've seen this movie before", McCain said at a Washington, D.C., event honoring his commitment to freedom. One Republican lawmaker privately told a CNN reporter on Tuesday night that the reaction among his colleagues to the Comey news is "Wide-eyed".

Traders expected Democrats to blast Trump for this latest revelation, Cashin said. Trump disclosed classified information in that meeting. He has obstructed an investigation, lied to the American people, tried to intimidate a witness and become increasingly unhinged in public view.

House and Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle are calling for more investigation into whether President Trump actually told former F.B.I.

Flynn resigned in February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Trump acknowledging that he considered the investigation when he fired Comey.

President Trump's troubles have a familiar sound to Andrew Young. Because while the story up to his Friday I-may-have-tapes-of you-Comey tweet was focused on exactly why Comey was sacked, it now has expanded to whether Trump, like Nixon, secretly records his meetings. "Mr. Helms replied quite emphatically that there was no agency connection and Mr. Haldeman said that nevertheless, the pursuit of the FBI investigation in Mexico might uncover some CIA activities or assets".

"He's saying, 'Well, the President has made clear that, ' or, 'The President believes that, ' - that means Spicer does not want these words to reflect on him. Quit investigating, damn it'".

"What's kind of sad about all this is you have such a strong national security team in this most unsafe time", he said.

After the firings, calls for Nixon to be impeached grew louder.

Trump and his administration came under a lot of flak for not being transparent in their dealings. Then came the Comey memo leak which has dragged him deeper into Russiagate.

"It goes to his credibility", former Federal Bureau of Investigation official Lauren Anderson said of Comey's notetaking. The sharks in Congress have begun circling the White House, ready to start issuing the subpoenas.

Comey, who was probing Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the Kremlin, was sacked by the president on May 9.

The person had seen the memo but was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"I'm going to read every scrap of paper I can get my hands on before I decide how to vote", he said.

The FBI declined to comment Tuesday.

"There are some eerie parallels between now and that time", said New York University financial historian Richard Sylla.

Trump has a well-documented habit of confabulation and exaggeration; Comey has the seasoned prosecutor's habit of recording important conversations in writing, and a history of providing testimony that ultimately jibes with other documentary evidence.

The White House says the report is "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey". When Mr. Comey was sacked, the White House initially said the decision was the Deputy Attorney General's over the FBI chief's poor handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State, and that the President accepted it.

Flynn was sacked after misleading top White House officials about his contacts with Russian Federation.

Is this Trump's Watergate?