Miami: In 1972, President Richard Nixon’s re-election committee sent spies to break into the opposing party’s headquarters in the Watergate Hotel. Their job was to plant listening devices so Team Nixon could illegally wiretap their campaign communications. Watergate was a real story about a real crime.
In 2016, America was again locked in a presidential campaign. President Barack Obama couldn’t run for a third term, but he desperately wanted Hillary Clinton elected so as to cement his agenda and legacy. Not only did Obama campaign for Hillary, but also he allowed the massive powers of the US government to help her campaign.
Team Hillary concocted a “dossier” claiming Donald Trump was colluding with the Russians to swing the election. The dossier was then used to convince a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court that Trump’s campaign officials should be spied upon. With the FISA warrant in hand, the FBI and other top intelligence agencies wiretapped Trump campaign communications. In other words, instead of breaking a lock to get into a room as in Watergate, they used a fake story to get a fake legal excuse to steal opposition communications.
It could be argued the levels of evil in Watergate and Russiagate are the same, but the story doesn’t stop there. Nixon won his re-election, whereas Hillary (and Obama) lost.
Soon after the election, Team Hillary created what they call the “resistance” and essentially declared war against the Trump presidency. This time, instead of using the dossier to steal Trump communications, they decided to make it public to try and destroy his reputation.
The Obama-Hillary resistance put the Russia collusion “insurance policy” out into the media echo chamber. Suddenly the mainstream news networks were talking of nothing but Russia, Russia, Russia, and the need to impeach Trump.The Russiagate story became a quantum leap more disturbing than the Watergate story.
They gave the dossier to Trump-hater Senator John McCain and his people, who got it published at Buzzfeed. This allowed it to be publicly acknowledged by the FBI. Of course it wasn’t news to them as they had been involved in its fabrication from the beginning and even paid some of its “research costs”.
The lead FBI investigator on the Trump-Russia collusion story was Peter Strzok. He is so biased against Trump that he said in a personal text message to his mistress that they need an “insurance policy” against him in case he wins.
Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes said the “media is an echo chamber” who “literally know nothing”. Ben knows whereof he speaks as his brother is David Rhodes, president of CBS News. The Obama-Hillary resistance put the Russia collusion “insurance policy” out into the media echo chamber. Suddenly the mainstream news networks were talking of nothing but Russia, Russia, Russia, and the need to impeach Trump.
The dossier evolved from being a key for wiretapping a campaign, into a scheme to undo the results of a Presidential election. The Russiagate story became a quantum leap more disturbing than the Watergate story.
Details have trickled out slowly through congressional hearings and other types of investigation. After the Christmas break more plotting by top government officials will be exposed. When Team Trump says the deep state is fighting them, these are some of the people (Strzok, McCabe, Orr, etc.) and Russiagate was supposed to be their best weapon.
If the plotting is proven, Trump will have won over a plot more far-reaching and complex than Watergate ever was. It’ll be a new day in America.
Instead of the defeat symbolised by Watergate, Russiagate may come to symbolise triumph.
Tom Paskal is an award winning American journalist, author and screenwriter.