The last time US politics saw a scandal on this level—Watergate—it wasn’t just Nixon who took the hit. Trump’s allies will know this, and they will be worriedby Adam Aiken / July 13, 2017 / Leave a comment
The Watergate scandal that resulted in the demise of US president Richard Nixon was largely down to the tenacious work of two young reporters on the Washington Post. Without the dedication of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Nixon may have got away with it.
More than 40 years later, the reporting surrounding the growing scandal in Trumpworld is much more of a team effort, with reporters and investigators from rival titles vying on a daily basis to outdo each other, resulting in explosive revelation after explosive revelation.
The latest development is remarkable, on several levels. Thanks to the New York Times, which managed to get its hands on an email trail between Donald Trump Jr—the president’s eldest son—and a fixer who promised to reveal damning material on Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr has responded by releasing the emails.
In them, he was told by British PR man Rob Goldstone that there was “very high level and sensitive information [which] is part of Russia and its government’s support for [Donald] Trump.”
Trump Jr replied: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” He went on to meet with “Russian government attorney” Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.
Once again, we are left with more questions than answers.
The most immediate one is: what else might emerge? Trump Jr voluntarily released the entire damning email correspondence with Goldstone rather than waiting to have it dragged out of him. Why feed the media frenzy so willingly? Was it a tactic to deflect from even more sensational revelations?