President Trump compared the Russia investigation to McCarthyism from a Twitter tirade yesterday, insisting that his White House counsel isn’t a “RAT” including the Watergate-era John Dean.
Trump called special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe a “disgusting witch hunt,” and “McCarthyism at its WORST!”
In some angry tweets, Trump denounced a whole new York Times story that White House counsel Don McGahn is extensively cooperating with the Russia investigation without Trump’s full knowledge.
“The failing @nytimes wrote an imitation piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony on the Special Councel, she must be considered a John Dean type ‘RAT,’ ” Trump tweeted. “Having said that i allowed him and all sorts of others to testify — I didn’t have to. I’ve absolutely nothing to hide….”
The The big apple Times was standing through the story yesterday.
Boston University political analyst Tobe Berkovitz said Trump’s claims have merit, calling the comparison with the probe to McCarthyism a “valid point.”
“Both parties make all sorts of wild claims and allegations, which sometimes have some substantiation to their rear and infrequently are served of whole cloth,” Berkovitz said. “They almost disappear and you don’t know whether there was clearly facts behind it you aren’t.”
Berkovitz added they thinks there could possibly be similarities to Watergate during the Russia investigation.
“When the truth is known — if they’re ever known — everyone is gonna decide if it’s Watergate one method or another, regardless of whether Watergate while using president violating lots of different laws or Watergate while using the CIA and also the FBI tampering while using the role of investigations,” Berkovitz said. “We’ll see which way that’s intending to come down in history.”
But he explained for short-term voter consumption, “What Trump does is he fights back along with better or worse, depending what sort of from the political spectrum you’re on, it either demonstrates that he’s being bold himself along with his supporters or it shows they’re a demigod and also a true threat to democracy. We’ll uncover what the reality is later or sooner.”
Meanwhile Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lead attorney inside the ongoing probe, explained, during his appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday, that she won’t let Mueller rush Trump into testifying since he doesn’t want investigators capture the president from a lie.
“When you make me aware that, you are aware of, he should testify because he’s about to boost the comfort and he shouldn’t worry, well, that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of reality. Not the fact,” Giuliani said. “Truth isn’t truth.”
Dean reacted to Giuliani on Twitter, writing, “Pure Orwellain ‘doublespeak’ out from Rudy today. Eventually metropolis Bar Of NY or maybe the NY State Bar might tell Rudy they are bringing shame on his profession and demand he cease and desist! He’s become embarrassingly unprofessional!”
Dean, hmo’s White House counsel who became a star witness against former President Richard Nixon, also tweeted responding towards the New york city Times story night time before: “Nixon, generally very competent, bungled and botched his handling of Watergate. Trump, an overall total incompetent, is bungling and botching his handling of Russiagate. Fate is not kind to bunglers and/or botchers! Unlike Nixon, however, Trump won’t leave willingly or graciously.”
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