Remembering Watergate: Trump parallels Nixon

By Sam Rosser, Sports Editor

The biggest political scandal in U. S. history ended up in the resignation of a sitting president, the first in our history. The events of the last few days, along with the AP U.S. History exam, have brought those events to the forefront of my mind.

President Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey on May 9, a day after Comey asked for more resources in the investigation on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluding with Russia. The last president who dismissed an official investigating him: Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

If Trump had truly wanted to fire Comey since he was elected, as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House deputy press secretary, claims, why did it take him this long to do it? Is he that indecisive? How can they claim that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation, is completely out of the investigation if he and his deputy recommended to dismiss Comey? All of these questions need answers.

Trump’s innocence isn’t my issue right now: it’s his taste for political suicide that worries me.

Comey sent the letter to Congress that stated he was reopening the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails, a hot topic on the campaign trail. I believe Comey is the reason that Trump ever could fire him; that letter was the kiss of death to Hillary Clinton. Before that letter, Clinton was leading in the polls consistently by four or five points. After, her lead dipped because the new allegations cast doubt upon an already damaged candidate. So, she lost.

How can he, and all the president’s men and all the president’s horses, not figure out that this has substantial political repercussions? It’s not typically a good thing to be in the same boat with Tricky Dick Nixon. The fact that Trump hasn’t signed a single substantial piece of legislation isn’t surprising. He has no mandate after losing the popular vote by over 2 million votes, a statement he has repeatedly protested with “alternative facts.”

Firing Comey sent the wrong message. It implies that he was scared of what Comey was digging for. By getting rid of Comey, he cut the head off the chicken.
Public opinion hasn’t been with him since the minute he swore his oath, with his approval rating hovering in the high 30s.

The lack of political instincts is worrisome. The flip-flopping is worrisome. The investigation is worrisome. The need for an independent investigation is imperative, we need answers.

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