Watergate pales in comparison to Trump scandals — CLAPPER

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 9, 2017

Tomorrow, former FBI Director James Comey will testify before Congress, following press reports that Trump pressured Comey to back off the Russian Federation investigation, that Comey kept detailed memos of their interactions and that Comey felt uncomfortable being left alone with the president.

But former National Intelligence Director James Clapper took the comparison a step further.

Watergate looks like nothing compared to President Trump's sprawling scandal over alleged Russian collusion, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday.

There even were concerns among United States intelligence authorities about forwarding information to the Trump White House, according to Mr Clapper, Director of National Intelligence under President Barak Obama.

Clapper also shared concerns with what he called "the internal assault on our institutions", citing Trump's January tweet comparing the intelligence community to "Nazis" and "the whole episode" with the firing of FBI Director James Comey. "China is increasingly aggressive in attempting to gain influence in your political processes as Russian Federation is in ours", Clapper said.

There's no shortage of examples of Russian attempts at interfering in elections, Clapper said, going back to the 1960s, but he told the Australian press what happened in the 2016 election "was unprecedented in its directness and its aggressiveness". "It was a scary time".

The FBI is investigating links between the Trump team before and after the election that brought Donald Trump to the White House last November.

Most infamously James Comey, the former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was sacked by Trump on May 9, 2017 while investigating the Trump regime's many scandals involving Russian ties. "I'm not sure I really buy into that", he said.

When asked about the New York Times report that President Trump asked the FBI to end its investigation of former National Security Adviser Michae... Mr Trump reportedly revealed sensitive Israeli secrets about the so-called Islamic State group in an Oval Office meeting with senior Russian officials.

"It is no assumption, the evidence that we had that we could not divulge was incontrovertible", he said.

"Australia and any other countries we share with will have to make their own judgments about that". I dont know the answer to that. Australia is overwhelmingly a net beneficiary in such sharing with the US. Clapper said that, at the institutional level, agencies would be concerned if intelligence sharing was discontinued. "I honestly can't say". But "that said, distrust is 17 points lower than it is for Trump, and twice as many Americans have no trust whatsoever in what Trump says on the issue (50 percent) as have no trust at all in what Comey says (25 percent)", ABC News writes.

This was the president who was implicated in the 1972 Watergate break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, which occurred only months before he was re-elected in a landslide.

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