McCain: Russia probe reaching the point 'of Watergate size'

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Asked what he would advise Trump to do now, McCain said, "Get it all out". There are some important differences between American politics in 2017 and 1974 that could insulate him from the fallout that President Richard Nixon faced. Shortly after noon on August 9, 1974, he addressed his staff, stepped into his Marine helicopter and levitated from the South Lawn of the White House and to exile in California. The former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador was a member of Congress during the Watergate hearings and the resignation of President Nixon.

First came deeply sourced reporting that the real reason behind Comey's termination was that Trump had grown enraged by Comey's refusal to both make the Russian Federation investigation go away and back up Trump's unfounded charge that Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower. The difference is Nixon, who was so highly disciplined, prepared ad nauseam for press conferences.

Similarly, Graham who has been a harsh critic of President Trump, called initial reports "troubling", but has not yet called for any repercussions for the presidents' actions.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with FBI Director James Comey during a reception at the White House in Washington on January 22, 2017. But his defiance on the travel ban has remained rhetorical and contained within the court system.

In June 1972, several burglars had been caught for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building in Washington, D.C. The criminals were connected to Nixon's reelection campaign and were caught while attempting to wire trap phones and steal classified documents.

If you believe Comey - whose memo will inevitably go public - then you'll surely be interested in 18 U.S. Code Section 1505, which deals with "Obstruction of proceeding before departments, agencies, and committees".

Ironically, both Watergate and the current FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation both started from a break in of sorts at the DNC - though while in 1968 there was a literal break in, in 2017 the crime was committed digitally.

In a statement, the White House denied that Trump had made such a request to Comey. Most importantly, Watergate is history. Historians and political pundits instantly invoked the Saturday Night Massacre, when Nixon ordered the firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was investigating the Watergate break-in scandal, and the attorney general and his deputy resigned rather than follow orders.

So blend their unhealthy level of cynicism with the ideal of Watergate they have sought, add just a pinch of a 24-hour news cycle that must be fed around the clock, and you have a bevy of news outlets seeking to disprove a president. The White House rebuts this contention. [Image by Henry Burroughs/AP Images] Tape recorders were discovered in Nixon's office, and it soon became evident that the president had been spying on, among others, the DNC. As Nixon did, Trump is acting "in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government". As reported by Woodward and Bernstein, when the men were apprehended by the police, they had with them "at least two sophisticated devices capable of picking up and transmitting all talk, including telephone conversations".

There's been a widespread but far from unanimous sense that Trump won't last out the four years of his presidential term.

Trump did the same thing, but even more directly.

But that won't and shouldn't happen unless it's on a bipartisan basis.

Oh, there may be some some technical snafus along the way - a judicial dust-up here and there over what Congress is entitled to demand and what the White House is required to turn over. Nearly immediately, 10 reluctant Republican members of the Judiciary Committee said they would vote for impeachment. But that doesn't mean it's impossible over a longer period of time. "It's a challenging job, and you need someone really determined and focused, a great communicator in there with deep knowledge to be able to handle that position". Some are sticking with him just until they get the tax cuts they so desire. He was re-elected that November over his main contender, Democratic Sen. While that isn't a large enough bloc to govern the country, it's big enough to scare an elected Republican of arousing its ire.

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