The Trump administration’s ties to the Russian government may go down in history as the greatest scandal the United States has experienced, according to Dan Rather.
The Huffington Post reported that the former network television news anchor compared the Russian connections with the controversy that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. “Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now,” Rather wrote Tuesday on Facebook.
He continued: “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.” Rather was a White House correspondent for CBS News during the Watergate crisis, which sparked calls for Nixon’s impeachment and prompted him to step down.
Rather posted his message after Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser due to the firestorm that erupted when it became known that he had met with the Russian ambassador to the United States while President Obama was still in office. Flynn and the envoy reportedly discussed how the Trump administration would repeal economic sanctions that Obama slapped on Russia.
Flynn allegedly lied to several top-ranking officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about his Russian ties. According to The Washington Post, then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates told the administration that Flynn had not told the truth and that he could be subject to blackmail because of information the Russian government possesses concerning his activities.
HuffPost noted that Rather is not alone in fearing that the president and some of his aides are too close to the Russians. Trump has frequently praised Vladimir Putin, calling him a “stronger leader” than Obama. In August, Paul Manafort was forced to resign as Trump’s campaign manager when it was revealed that he had served as an adviser to a pro-Trump official in Ukraine.
U.S. intelligence officials have accused Putin of having tried to help Trump win the election by ordering the hacking of Democratic officials’ computers. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has claimed that she lost partly because of the leaked emails, which WikiLeaks released to the public.
Source: The Huffington Post