A few weeks ago I mentioned to someone with a conspiratorial bent that I was looking through the Voice archives to see how we had covered the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. He immediately grabbed a book off his shelf called Sinister Forces: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft – the Manson Secret and turned to a page noting that the author, Peter Levenda, had been inspired in his lifelong quest to expose the underbelly of American power by an article he had read in the Village Voice, in 1973. Levenda wrote, “The Voice article linked such disparate elements as the Charles Manson murders, Richard Nixon and Watergate, E. Howard Hunt and occultism, Howard Hughes, and even Disneyland. It may have been intended as whimsical, but the links — as I would later learn from the work of Professor Culianu — are themselves evidence of one of the strongest forces in history. For the sin of revealing these forces, Giordano Bruno was put to the stake during the … [Read more...] about The Aztec Gold, Diamond Dogs, and Political Witchcraft Surrounding Watergate
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A newly hired attorney for President Donald Trump is gunning for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and has called for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to close the Russia investigation down. Former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani has also called FBI agents who raided the office, home, and hotel room of former presidential attorney Michael Cohen “stormtroopers.”President Richard Millhouse Nixon had his Watergate back in the 1970s. President Trump now has Russiagate. Both are about political ambition, obstruction of justice, a massive cover-up, abuse of power and other crimes.The same question in the Nixon affair begs an answer in the Trump fiasco: What did the president know and when did he know it?In Watergate, there were the Nixon tapes, recordings of conversations that took place in the oval office. Those tapes did him in.Although Nixon has said he did not know about the bungled burglary at the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate complex, he said … [Read more...] about NATIVE NATION: Russiagate and Watergate, History Repeated
(CBS News) On "Face the Nation" Sunday, Bob Schieffer interviewed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker following his win in the state's first-ever recall election to discuss what it means for November's presidential election. Walker said that Mitt Romney needs to go big and bold in the upcoming election. "I don't think we win if it's just a referendum on Barack Obama," he said. "Governor Romney has a shot if the 'R' doesn't stand for Republican but reformer." (watch the video above) Walker noted how the Wisconsin recall election did not necessarily indicate an outcome for the upcoming presidential election. "I think it's slightly different. In our case what they wanted was people to take on the tough issues," he said. Earlier this week, Romney stated that the recall election sent a message that Americans want to cut back on public workers such as firemen, policemen, and teachers. However, Walker disagreed and said, "I know in my state our reforms allowed us to protect firefighters, police … [Read more...] about Face in the News: Scott Walker, Watergate and more
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday formally invited fired FBI Director James Comey to testify, and asked FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe for any memos or other notes the FBI possesses from Comey about his communications with administration officials. The committee made the requests Wednesday in two separate letters, one to Comey and one to McCabe. In one letter, the committee asked Comey to testify in both open and closed sessions. Comey has previously said he would only testify in an open session. In the other letter, the committee asked McCabe for "any notes or memorandum" Comey prepared about any communications he had with senior White House or Department of Justice officials about Russia-related investigations. The request came the day after a report that President Donald Trump asked Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia and Turkey, per a memo Comey wrote after his February meeting with the president. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Senate Intelligence Committee invites Comey to testify publicly
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona is softening his tone after comparing President Trump's recent string of missteps to that of the Watergate scandal that rocked President Nixon's administration. Following reports that Mr. Trump had asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, McCain told CBS News' Bob Schieffer that Mr. Trump's saga of controversy was reaching a "Watergate size and scale." "The only thing I can say is I think we've seen this movie before, I think it's reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale and a couple other scandals you and I have seen, it's a centipede that the shoe continues to drop, and every couple of days there's a new aspect of this really unhappy situation, McCain told Schieffer at an event honoring the Arizona Republican last week. McCain added, "And you my friends, none of us, no matter what our political leanings are, no matter how we feel about Trump, we feel … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo McCain walks back Watergate comments on Trump controversies
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says that while he hears newly nominated FBI Director Christpher Wray has a "good reputation," he considers the surprise move is an effort by the president to distract from ongoing hearings into Russian interference in the election and any ties to Trump associates. "If we have a pattern today and tomorrow, I think all these efforts to distract the public that the president may be trying to throw up may not work," Warner said on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday. The Senate Intelligence Committee will hear from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday. Warner says that the committee is prepared for the gentlemen to "hide behind executive privilege" but will press them hard on questions about whether Mr. Trump pressured then-FBI Director James Comey … [Read more...] about Senate Intel’s Warner calls Trump’s FBI nomination a “distraction” from Senate probes
Last Updated Jun 8, 2017 4:24 PM EDT Fired FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee in his first public comments since his May 9 ousting that he "takes the president at his word" that he was fired because of the FBI's investigation into Russian election meddling.Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee lasted more than two and a half hours, was colorful, and at times shocking, expanding on written testimony from Comey released Wednesday afternoon.Comey said the "shifting explanations" for his ouster "confused" and increasingly, "concerned" him, as the White House's official explanation for his firing contradicted that of the president's. Comey said he couldn't be sure of why the president fired him, but that he believes the president's public comments. After firing Comey, Mr. Trump told NBC's Lester Holt he thought of the thought of "made-up" story of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign when he fired Comey, and he told Russian … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo James Comey testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page May 11, 2017 Almost reflexively, the comparisons with Watergate started flying after President Trump fired FBI director James B. Comey on Tuesday. The massive scandal that brought down Richard M. Nixon in 1974 looms large in American politics, and still provides the vernacular for discussing political malfeasance (terms like “smoking gun” and “coverup” owe their prominence to Watergate). Trump’s abrupt firing of Comey, who was leading an explosive investigation into potential Russian efforts to help Trump’s presidential campaign last year, immediately provoked analogies to the “Saturday Night Massacre,” when Nixon went on a firing spree to dislodge Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. Watergate comparisons, though, may impose too limiting a perspective on the scandal engulfing the Trump administration and let this president off … [Read more...] about The Russia scandal isn’t Watergate. That doesn’t make it better
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page May 11, 2017 Almost reflexively, the comparisons with Watergate started flying after President Trump fired FBI director James B. Comey on Tuesday. The massive scandal that brought down Richard M. Nixon in 1974 looms large in American politics, and still provides the vernacular for discussing political malfeasance (terms like “smoking gun” and “coverup” owe their prominence to Watergate). Trump’s abrupt firing of Comey, who was leading an explosive investigation into potential Russian efforts to help Trump’s presidential campaign last year, immediately provoked analogies to the “Saturday Night Massacre,” when Nixon went on a firing spree to dislodge Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. Watergate comparisons, though, may impose too limiting a perspective on the scandal engulfing the Trump administration and let this president off … [Read more...] about Russia scandal isn’t Watergate. That doesn’t make it better.
National Security Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image In this Feb. 22, 2018, photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during a meeting with President Trump at the White House. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP In this Feb. 22, 2018, photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during a meeting with President Trump at the White House. Evan Vucci/AP This week in the Russia investigations: The "FISA abuse" counter-narrative might be running out of steam — and so, apparently, is President Trump's relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions; the House and Senate intelligence committees are at daggers drawn; does anybody here know anything about cyber-stuff? Like a dull knife The Russia imbroglio is so complex it's sometimes impenetrable. Maneuvering within it politically is much more difficult than any other big story these days. Example A: Republicans want to defend President Trump. One way … [Read more...] about The Russia Investigations: Is ‘FISA Abuse’ Out Of Steam? Intel Committees On Edge?