Russiagate Is No Watergate

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Russiagate Is No Watergate

USA -(Ammoland.com)- “History is repeating itself, and with a vengeance,” John Dean told the judiciary committee, drawing a parallel between Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon, and “Russiagate” which has bedeviled Donald Trump.

But what strikes this veteran of Nixon's White House is not the similarities but the stark differences.

Watergate began with an actual crime, a midnight break-in at the offices of the DNC in June 1972 to wiretap phones and filch files, followed by a cover-up that spread into the inner circles of the White House.

Three years after FBI Director James Comey began the investigation of Trump, however, the final report of his successor, Robert Mueller, found there had been NO conspiracy, NO collusion and NO UNDERLYING CRIME.

How can Trump be guilty of covering up a crime the special counsel says he did not commit?

And the balance of power today in D.C. is not as lopsided as it was in 1973-1974.

During Watergate, Nixon had little support in a city where the elites, the press, the Democratic Congress and the liberal bureaucracy labored in earnest to destroy him. Nixon had few of what Pat Moynihan called “second and third echelons of advocacy.”

Contrast this with Trump, a massive presence on social media, whose tweets, daily interactions with the national press and rallies keep his enemies constantly responding to his attacks rather than making their case.

Trump interrupts their storytelling. And behind Trump is a host of defenders at Fox News, [AmmoLand News] and some of the top radio talk show hosts in America.

There are pro-Trump websites that did not exist in Nixon's time, home to populist and conservative columnists and commentators full of fight.

Leftists may still dominate mainstream media. But their unconcealed hatred of Trump and the one-sided character of their coverage has cost them much of the credibility they had half a century ago.

The media are seen as militant partisans masquerading as journalists.

Consider the respective calendars.

Two years after the Watergate break-in, Nixon was near the end, about to be impeached by the House with conviction possible in the Senate.

Three years into Russiagate, 3 in 4 House Democrats do not want their caucus to take up impeachment. Many of these Democrats, especially moderates from swing districts, do not want to cast a vote to either bring down or exonerate the president.

Assume the House did take up impeachment. Would all the Democrats vote aye? Does anyone think a Republican Senate would deliver the needed 20 votes to provide a two-thirds majority to convict and remove him?

For a Republican Senate to split asunder and vote to expel its own Republican president who is supported by the vast majority of the party would be suicidal. It could cost the GOP both houses of Congress and the White House in 2020. Why would Republicans not prefer to unite and fight to the end, just as Senate Democrats did during the Clinton impeachment?

Trump's support in the Republican caucus in the Senate today is rock solid. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is herself opposed to impeachment hearings in the House, considering them ruinous to her party's hopes of maintaining control in 2020.

When Dean went before the Watergate committee of Sen. Sam Ervin in 1973, all five days of his testimony were carried live on ABC, CBS and NBC.

When Dean appeared Monday, the three cable news networks swiftly dropped coverage of the judiciary committee hearings to report on a helicopter crash in mid-Manhattan. Dean's testimony could be seen on C-SPAN3.

Much of America is bored by the repetitive, nonstop media attacks on Trump, and look on the back-and-forth between left and right not as a “constitutional crisis” but as a savage battle between parties and partisans.

The impeachers who seek to bring down Trump face other problems.

Now that Mueller has spent two years and found no evidence of a Trump-Putin conspiracy to hack the emails of the DNC and Clinton campaign, questions have arisen as to what the evidence was that caused the FBI to launch its unprecedented investigation of a presidential campaign and a newly elected president.

Did an anti-Trump cabal at the apex of the FBI and U.S. security agencies work with foreign intelligence, including former British spy Christopher Steele, to destroy Trump?
The political dynamic of Trump's taunts and defiance of the demands of committee chairs in a Democratic House, and the clamor for impeachment from the Democratic and media left are certain to produce more calls for hearings.

But if the impeachment hearings come, they will be seen for what they are: An attempted coup to overthrow a president by the losers of 2016 who are fearful they could lose again in 2020 and be out of power for four more years.

Russiagate is not Watergate, but there is this similarity: Nixon and Trump are both the objects of a truly great hatred.


Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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Bob Koceja
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Bob Koceja

Some Republicans are worried about the Democrats gaining more votes by allowing illegals to vote.
In their quest for power, they may actually destroy destroy their party. They brag about their
numbers, but after watching the Trump rally last night, I don’t think they have the numbers they claim.
“Trump 2020!”

Shame on every Gun Owner who votes Democrat.

LUVITORLEEVIT
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LUVITORLEEVIT

I completely agree with USA. I will vote for Donald Trump in 2020. I sincerely hope the Damn dumb ass Democrats try and impeach him. The best thing that could possibly happen in the US today is the complete downfall and destruction of the Democratic Party. Somehow, someway, These people like Eric Swallows, Andrew Cuomo, Hillary Clinton, and James Comey just to name a few, need to be charged and tried for treason, and at the least removed from office.

Mike Forsman
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Mike Forsman

Is it just me, or are stories not sharable anymore.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Many years ago I served in the Army, first under Carter then under Regan. I was taught ways to recognize propaganda. At least during the time I served, propaganda was something Russia would do with and to it’s citizens and satellite countries. With the commiecrats these days it is difficult to pick out any differences between the Russians and the demoncrats. What we as Americans have seen in the last two and a half years in nothing short of a coup though bloodless as far as I am aware of but a coup none the less. That is not just… Read more »

Mike Forsman
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Mike Forsman

Excellent message, Bill.

Chuckbone56
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Chuckbone56

Deplorable Bill, Excellent and true post! You have the gift of discernment. Scares me how many dont know truth from lies.

Free Helicopter Rides For Commies
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Free Helicopter Rides For Commies

Russiagate began with a crime, several in fact!! It began with Demonrats committing TREASON, seeking to initially jury-rig, then later overthrow the election of 2016. When the Demonrats and deep staters didnt get their way, they have worked to dismantle our Republic from behind the scenes with lightning speed. What we need to be doing now is hanging traitors and throwing commies from helicopters. All the rest are free to leave… in fact, WE INSIST!! 2020 will be the acid test for the survival of the Republic. If the Demonrats get their way, we will never again have free, open… Read more »

USA
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USA

You failed to mention that Obama announced on national TV the end of the Republic years ago due to legislation he wrote and passed while current rhinos sat there stooge like applauding. To see that what you really have is a tyranny go look up what a tyranny is and is what we now have not a Republic. We are full bore tyranny to be more precise with not a single shred of Republic left but nice try I’ll give you that. Fags will still post though. If the founding fathers were alive today they would be found guilty of… Read more »

USA
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USA

Ol’ Folks around here that were living during Watergate tell me that what you currently recognize as pedogate or pizzagate was also in the Watergate scandalthat the pedophila in politics is very old stuff been around forever. Is one reason why they want to get rid of ol’ folks because they know stuff you don’t. Lots of stuff.
Michael Cohn Trumps mentor was a pedogate deep state guy who was a fag himself but hated fags and set them up. Fags are not loyal to other fags. I’m shocked.

USA
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USA

Roy Cohn not Michael Cohn.

TexDan
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TexDan

But, But its TRUUUUMMMMPPP! He is trying to destroy not only the US but the world!! He is a Dictator!! He hates Jews! He hates Muslims! He hates guns! Hell just go on and on and on. Trump really grates on the Democrats and even on the never Trumpers on this site.

USA
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USA

When I was a kid growing up with my other siblings we beat each other bloody every day and still ate dinner at the same table and slept under the same roof every night.

Ron
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Ron

I don’t know who is calling Trump a Jew hater. (I suppose you were being facetious)
Trump has done more for the Jew and Israel than most.
Nutinyahooo leads Trump by the jewgotchies. Disgusting.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Ron, unsurprisingly from you, another ignorant and bigoted post. Lefties smell and talk sh-t, but that is because they have their heads up their a–es.

Ron
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Ron

My post was true just the same. And you too are no surprise. Great to hear from ya.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Ron, it is true that your post was ignorant and bigoted. Beyond that, no, the content was false.

Ron
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Ron

You’d make a great Ostrich heed!

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Ron, no, you are wrong again. I do have two legs, but I don’t have wings nor feathers. Projection isn’t your strong suit, ignorance and bigotry are your unwitting strengths.

Autonomous Collective
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Autonomous Collective

America: do not forget that that current CIA director, Gina Haspel, was running the CIA desk in London in 2016 while Alexander Downer (Australia) Joseph Mifsud (Italy) Stefan Halper (CIA), Azra Turk (CIA) and the US embassy were spying and trying to sabotage Donald Trump.

USA
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USA

And now the spooks are right here on tyrantland trying to set up patriots because that is what spooks do. Spooks you into shit you wouldn’t otherwise do.Look around, were neck deep in them. I wouldn’t follow their command though I did call Trump and get on his list to be called up and if everybody else wants something better than they currently have then I think joining us is the last chance. I would not take orders from any other than Trump and yeah he pisses me off but then you should see me attack the left and you… Read more »