Kaboom! Trump-Russia Scandal Is About To Explode, Dan Rather Says
Decades after covering the notorious Watergate scandal, veteran CBS News anchor Dan Rather has issued a dire warning about the connections between President Donald Trump, his Cabinet and the Russian government.
“Every once in a while in Washington, the fuse is lit for what seems to be a big scandal,” Rather wrote on his Facebook page Thursday. “Much more rarely does that fuse lead to an explosion of the magnitude we are seeing with Russia and the new Administration, and frankly the Republicans in Congress.”
Dan Rather Is An Expert On Situations Like This
The current catalyst for this fuse is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recently recused himself from investigations pertaining to “any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.” This followed reports that he allegedly perjured himself regarding contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn crashed and burned last month and it appears Sessions may be heading in the same direction.
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Flynn resigned in February after wiretaps on Kislyak’s phone showed that he and Flynn had numerous conversations prior to Trump’s inauguration. These conversations revealed that Flynn lied to the public and to Vice President Mike Pence.
In his Facebook post, Rather wrote:
“Sessions is but the latest person close to President Trump who seems to be ensnared in a story that is more worthy of Hollywood melodrama than the reality of the governance of our country. Democrats are calling for Sessions to resign, and this story could move very quickly.”
He indicated it’s time to dig in:
“We are well past the time for any political niceties or benefits of the doubt. We need an independent and thorough investigation of Russia’s meddling in our democracy and its ties to the President and his allies. We don’t know what we don’t know.”
He offered encouraging words for journalists trying to do their jobs in the age of Trump.
“The press is doing an admirable job. But there is only so much it can do without such things as subpoena powers. Let’s just make this clear. This is about a foreign and hostile power trying to influence our election while being in contact with close aides to the presidential campaign that the Kremlin wanted to win. Furthermore, there are serious questions about Mr. Trump’s longstanding ties to Russian money and influence peddlers. We don’t know where this might go, but it isn’t going away,”
Rather has been a steady advocate of the First Amendment and has lent is support to his colleagues, especially in the past month, when the Trump team decided to ban some media outlets from the White House.
“The time for normalizing, dissembling and explaining away Donald Trump has long since passed,” Rather said last month. “The barring of respected journalistic outlets from the White House briefing is so far beyond the norms and traditions that have governed this republic for generations, that they must be seen as a real and present threat to our democracy. These are the dangers presidents are supposed to protect against, not create.”
And this is one step towards media control — due to Trump’s megalomania. He rages on Twitter if a journalist steps on his ego or dares to criticize his administration. He clearly doesn’t care that the public has a right to know what’s going on between himself, members of his Cabinet and the Russian government.
Rather is right. With Trump keeping everything so secret, and with at least five members of his Cabinet having lied to Congress, it’s quite likely this situation could go KABOOM!
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