In the midst of a massive scandal surrounding former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey’s firing on May 9, a new report on Trump’s tactics to prevent other lawmen from doing their job surfaced.
Trump Asked for Two Intel Chiefs’ Help
A new Washington Post report suggests that in March, when the Trump-Russia collusion caught the public attention, Trump personally asked NSA director Michael S. Rogers and National Intelligence director Daniel Coats to denounce the allegations regarding Russia publicly. The move would have granted the Trump administration more credibility.
It is not unethical for a politician to ask for political support in times of distress, but Trump did not ask only for support; he asked the two officials to mislead the public for him. The Russia story has some truth in it, and denying the allegations altogether would mean telling a falsehood.
The two intelligence chiefs are closely affiliated to the president despite his alleged ties to Russia, which makes the situation strikingly similar to Nixon’s during the Watergate scandal. Nixon too asked two of his staffers to resign to protect himself against scrutiny. In both cases, the presidents sought to distance themselves from the scandals.
Trump Administration’s Other Cheap-Shot Tactics
However, it is not the first time the Trump administration tries to derail a federal investigation into Trump’s aides’ connections to a hostile foreign government. Trump fired Comey earlier this month for the way he handled the Clinton email investigation. But the real reason may be linked to the fact that Comey was leading an investigation into the Russia story. In February, Trump had asked Comey to drop the probe targeting his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, which the FBI chief never did.
Furthermore, when Congress appointed a special counsel to lead the investigation, the White House sought legal ways to stop the investigation by exploiting loopholes in the Code of Federal Regulations.
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