The decision to name the universally-respected former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel on the Russian election scandal is a defining moment in modern American history that sets off a chain reaction that probably leads to the ultimate resignation of President Trump.
On Feb. 15, I wrote an op-ed in The Hill titled, “Putingate is our Watergate.” It was true then. It is true now. The Putingate scandal will probably end the same way the Watergate scandal ended, with a presidential resignation followed by a pardon.
Why do I call this scandal “Putingate?” Because it involves a successful effort by Russia, spearheaded by Russian President and former KGB officer Vladimir Putin, to elect Putin-friendly Donald Trump as our president and commander in chief.
While Watergate involved Americans breaking and entering into an office for the purpose of electing President Nixon, Putingate involves Russians breaking and entering into computers to elect Trump.
Putin, still acting like a KGB officer, wanted to pull off the greatest covert action in history, the election of the president of a rival nation he holds in contempt. With the collusion of some U.S. citizens, whether they knew they were colluding or not, Putin pulled it off and that makes me irate.
The major difference between the burglary of a building, the motive of which was to elect Nixon, and the burglary of computers, the motive of which was to elect Trump, is that, in Putingate, the burglary was masterminded by a hostile foreign dictator trying to choose the leader of our nation. With Watergate, the burglary was masterminded by partisan and power-hungry Americans.
Because Putingate was organized by a hostile foreign dictator trying to put in power the president of his choice, both the crime and the coverup are even worse than the Watergate scandal.
Readers should carefully read the articles of impeachment of Richard Nixon passed by the House Judiciary Committee that involves obstruction of justice. More than one of the accusations in the obstruction article of impeachment passed by the committee is present today in the coverup of Putingate that is now imploding in real time.
Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in New York, whose office was investigating certain aspects of the scandal, was fired by the president. Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general presiding over the Justice Department side of the Putingate investigation, was fired shortly after she wisely and courageously tried to warn the White House of the dangers.
James Comey, the FBI director who was managing the FBI side of the investigation of Putingate, was fired by Trump after allegedly being asked both to make a loyalty pledge to the president and to shut down the investigation of retired General Michael Flynn, his ill-fated former national security advisor who is now rumored to be seeking a plea bargain.
Trump cannot act against Mueller the way he acted against Bharara, Yates and Comey. If he tries, he will be on the fast track to impeachment. Nixon orchestrated the Saturday Night Massacre in one big move.