Dan Rather: "Trump's Russia Scandal Could Be Bigger Than Watergate"

Tyler Durden's picture

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather slammed the Trump administration on Tuesday evening for its association with former national security adviser Mike Flynn, claiming "this Russia scandal" might end up being as "big as Watergate."

As Rather wrote in a Facebook post...

Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now. It was the closest we came to a debilitating Constitutional crisis, until maybe now. On a 10 scale of armageddon for our form of government, I would put Watergate at a 9. This Russia scandal is currently somewhere around a 5 or 6, in my opinion, but it is cascading in intensity seemingly by the hour. And we may look back and see, in the end, that it is at least as big as Watergate. It may become the measure by which all future scandals are judged. It has all the necessary ingredients, and that is chilling.

 

When we look back at Watergate, we remember the end of the Nixon Presidency. It came with an avalanche, but for most of the time my fellow reporters and I were chasing down the story as it rumbled along with a low-grade intensity. We never were quite sure how much we would find out about what really happened. In the end, the truth emerged into the light, and President Nixon descended into infamy.

 

This Russia story started out with an avalanche and where we go from here no one really knows. Each piece of news demands new questions. We are still less than a month into the Trump Presidency, and many are asking that question made famous by Tennessee Senator Howard Baker those many years ago: "What did the President know, and when did he know it?" New reporting suggests that Mr. Trump knew for weeks. We can all remember the General Michael Flynn's speech from the Republican National Convention - "Lock her up!" in regards to Hillary Clinton. If Hillary Clinton had done one tenth of what Mr. Flynn had done, she likely would be in jail. And it isn't just Mr. Flynn, how far does this go?

 

The White House has no credibility on this issue. Their spigot of lies - can't we finally all agree to call them lies - long ago lost them any semblance of credibility. I would also extend that to the Republican Congress, who has excused away the Trump Administration's assertions for far too long.

 

We need an independent investigation. Damn the lies, full throttle forward on the truth. If a scriptwriter had approached Hollywood with what we are witnessing, he or she would probably have been told it was way too far-fetched for even a summer blockbuster. But this is not fiction. It is real and it is serious. Deadly serious. We deserve answers and those who are complicit in this scandal need to feel the full force of justice.

As a reminder, Rather, who conservatives have long accused of having a liberal bias, retired in 2005 from the anchor's chair after his flawed stories on George W. Bush's Air National Guard service record.

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beemasters's picture

Pedogate is much bigger than all scandals put together. Just came across this (warning: disturbing):

https://twitter.com/suziedaud/status/831898824763379716

froze25's picture

If the press would pay one bit of attention to Hillary and Obama giving a 1/3rd interest to the Russians in a Uranium production company, now that would be news, you know since there is clear proof of it!. Pedogate needs to get more attention my guess is that major owners of the MSM must be involved.

Muddy1's picture

I think that Danny Boy was the guy who was caught lying through his teeth about George W Bush and Bush's National Guard service.  Four CBS executives lost their jobs over the faulty reporting and Rather ended up resigning.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbs-ousts-4-for-bush-guard-story-10-01-2005/

 

 

wee-weed up's picture

Poor ol' Dan Blather... still trying to be relevant again. Give it up Danny Boy!

Pinto Currency's picture

"The second shot hit President Kennedy and his head moved violently forward."

That's fake news, Dan Rather.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiSoxFHyjGY

The scandal is the pedophiles in Washington running the country for a small group of interests not the people and the complicit media tools who've been called-out by Trump.

Oldwood's picture

"Flawed" story on Bush?

He used FAKE documents to PROVE his story and then claimed that tHE FACT that they were FAKE in no way damaged the credibility of his story.

Dan Rather INVENTED "FAKE NEWS".

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Oldwood Feb 15, 2017 6:05 PM

"Deep-state-hitman" Dan?  I loved how he manufactured the narrative that one must never question the large gaps in Bush's service record.

Oldwood's picture

Bush's gaps were the result of his time in Russia being turned as a Russian SPY. Didn't you know??? What else could he have been doing??

And while we are talking gaps, we have a very LARGE gap in Obama's history. I've heard he actually went to college, but have seen nothing definitive.

Arnold's picture

Are Dan Rather and Krugman drinking buddies?

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Arnold Feb 15, 2017 9:22 PM

I would Rather not hear from Rather.

 

Manthong's picture

Dan Rather: "Trump's Russia Scandal Could Be Bigger Than Watergate"

It would not surprise me if that lying, old, subversive windbag was up to his groin in fresh pizza.

The Merovingian's picture

Somewhere in the desert there is a hole with his name on it.

El Oregonian's picture

I would Rather not, Dan...

"What's the frequency Kenneth?"

NoDebt's picture

The Dems haven't been this pissed off since Lincoln freed the slaves.

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a DAN.

Bigger than Watergate? My lilly white ass it is.

In the years following Watergate there have been so many high profile scandals and illegal actions.

The standard defence is no longer "I am not a crook" but "I was a victim of circumstance".

The scientists have just proved by inference that global warming (or climate change) might have something to do with it.

Probable cause I expect. The modern catch-all for any fishing expedition, and you shoulda seen the one that gotta way.

 

Rant alert : And why this obsession with adding 'gate' onto anything that even vaguely appears questionable?

Sloppy reporting and lazy sub-editors in the MSM.

The idea that "I may be wrong but I will add 'gate' to anything" is to both cover one's ass and the stink with a whiff of credibility by association. It is also a shorthand way to compartmentalize information to discourage critical thinking. Add 'gate' and everyone 'knows' what you mean without having to ask or enquire or think any further.

Say it for what it is. Speak plainly.

It's not #pizzagate it's establishment and institutionalized pedophilia. It was not Irangate or affair it was an illegal presidential action. And what the hell is FlynnGate? Can we expect TrumpGate or DonaldGate? Did we just experience HillaryGate or ClintonGate? I can't wait to see how GateGate turns out.

Gate, Gate, Gate, Gate... Luverly Gate! (With apologies to Spam and Pythons)

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

Stinkytofu's picture

yes.  watergate.

what did the president know and when did he know it?

 

why did OBAMA order the NSA via FISA request to target trump and associates?

one would assume this occured in the run-up to the election, and continued after.

 

who leaked super secret sigint to the press?

who were the obama appointees of those multiple agencies who

"corroborated" anonymously.

 

just what is obama doing in warshington?

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

I don't have answers to most of your questions, but I am glad you have raised them, and no doubt we will find out the truth but at a much later date.

I can however answer the last question confidently:

Looking for a rental with a fine and wide porch.

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

ebworthen's picture

There it is!

Dan Rather the Blather.  Completely inconsequential.  A HACK.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Rather is like Geraldo Rivera: Their egos are so massive, neither seems to realize that whatever position they take on an issue immediately loses some credibility, simply for them having chosen said position.

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

Coming from Dan Rather-not-tell-the-truth immediately destroys all credibility.

 

Something I would hate to see however, is a Lance Armstrong-type event where the administrations lies, lies, lies, lies right up to the point where they "come clean" with a "Yeah, well that was true"

Son of Loki's picture

Crooked Hillary's EmailGate is much much bigger...selling top secrets to foreign governments. Not to mention her pay-to-play criminal activity.

These are facts, evidence not like the specualtions about the Russkies from biased sources (DNC, soros, etc) that have much to gain to lie and sitrot.

eatthebanksters's picture

There is no scandal...there is only wishful thinking of the left.

Casey Jones's picture

He fucking announced on live tv on 9/11 that building 7 came down like a controlled demo. Then suddenly forgot and never said boo again. Some fucking reporter he turned out to be.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XL3kL0nXZvk

Another traitor in a long line. He should shut his pie hole, except he probably can't because he got his orders.

bpj's picture

Cronkite's "this war is a stalemate" right after we all but eliminated the VC in the Tet Offensive was the first real bit of fake news

wren's picture

Nothing beats the Clinton Foundation. Well, the Federal Reserve banking system. I guess the Clinton Foundation is small potatoes in comparison. But the Federal Reserve is legal. Unconstitution, but legal. Is that an oxymoron?

Proofreder's picture

Ahhh, dude - the Tet Offensive was a large-scale war action BY N. Vietnam AGAINST U.S. Troops and marked the turning point of the War; the beginning of the slow painful withdrawal of international losers, same as the French in Vietnam and Russia in Afghanistan. Where did you ignore history, grammar or high school ??

NidStyles's picture

Watergate had evidence....

 

 

This is just more Protocols of Elder Zion BS.

rbg81's picture
Dan Rather: "Trump's Russia Scandal Could Be Bigger Than Watergate"

Or not.  If Rather thinks it has credibility, that is a sure sign there is zilch to it.

BennyBoy's picture

 

"Damn the lies, full throttle forward on the truth."

Still waiting for the first bit of evidence to be shown...

 

 

...and waiting....

Oldwood's picture

Evidence? They now need evidence? Since when? That's new.....

Delving Eye's picture

Who the fuck listens to Dan Blather?

caconhma's picture

The longer Trump will call/deal with the RussiaGate as fake news, the more dangerous it will be to Trump, his administration, and his family.

So far, Trump was behaving as a complete idiot. Well, Nixon did the same but Nixon did not have so many and so vicious enemies. Furthermore, Trump has assumed that he can run the country by Tweeter and insult the Deep State without cleaning it. Trump is more than an idiot. Trump is an imbecile. He should read what happened to JFR and his family.PS

God save America. We are in a mortal danger!

Omen IV's picture

it is easier to beleive Rather is part of Comet Pizza than this is Watergate Scandal dimensions

radio man's picture

Dan Rather, really? Did a "Russian trawler" dredge him up too?

Son of Loki's picture

Maybe they'll drag Howard Dean out of the closet again too!

BabaLooey's picture

What's the fucking frequency Kenneth - you shithead.

NoPension's picture

I thought he was dead.

I dropped on top of Shemp, and his comment. Haha!

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Fuck, who even knew Dan Rather was still alive?

Clearly he's as senile as McCain, though, because he switches topics in mid-paragraph from the White House to the MSM:

Their spigot of lies - can't we finally all agree to call them lies - long ago lost them any semblance of credibility.

Then he switches back again to the Trump administration.

Nurse, more meds for Mr. Rather!

radio man's picture

I fear we've abandoned inclusiveness. Along with Rather, Brokaw should be recognizied for his relevence as well. Both are like a fart in an elevator: we all know its there, just don't know where its coming from.

Slingsby's picture

Spot on. One of the fathers of fake news.

What's the fucking frequency Kenneth?

booboo's picture

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AllBentOutOfShape's picture

"If Hillary Clinton had done one tenth of what Mr. Flynn had done, she likely would be in jail."

Flynn hasn't even done one thousandth of what Hillary has done!

Dan, if you're reading this, you're clearly suffering from dementia and need to check yourself into the closest dementia hospice facility in your area.

FreedomGuy's picture

Dan "Fake News" Blather proves that you need not be too bright or unbiased when doing the news. You just need to have a voice with gravitas and look good under glaring lights.

What a schmuck.

truthseeker47's picture

Hard to believe that Rather, who had one of the worst cases of fake news revealed, would still show his face in public or draw attention to himself in any way.  Some people have no shame.

QuantumEasing's picture

Dear Deep State,

Bring a lunch.

Sincerely,
Fuck You

TheEndIsNear's picture

Dan Rather is also the idiot who announced on national television in 1989 that someone had invented a perpetual motion machine that also provided "free energy" and said that no one would ever need to use gasoline again.

That was when I stopped watching television "news" reports.

Paper Boy's picture
Paper Boy (not verified) froze25 Feb 15, 2017 5:50 PM

No Dan, that would be Pizzagate.

The correct answer was, "Pizzagate is the biggest scandal since Watergate."