On an ordinary June evening in Washington, D.C. 44 years ago, five well intentioned but corrupt individuals broke into the offices of the Democrat Party National offices at the Watergate Hotel complex as part of their plot to wiretap what the Democrats were planning to do during the election of 1972.
Many people believe that the five were going into the offices to bug the place but we have learned that they were actually going back to retrieve the bugs before they were detected. The alert security officer, Frank Wills, discovered the break-in and called the police. The rest, as they say “is history.”
Two young and brash reporters sensed a problem that was greater than one would suspect when they saw names on police records that sounded too familiar; and the lawyers called to plead for these burglars were very high-priced Washington attorneys that would never be called to represent such a low-level crime.
Woodward and Bernstein became famous very quickly because of their journalistic digging and dogged determination. The break-in was referred to by the supporters of Richard Nixon as a “two bit burglary.” The two bit burglary was the ignition point that brought down a president of the United States.
Richard Nixon wasn’t involved in the planning of the break-in or in the execution of the criminal act. Nixon was brought down by his direct involvement in the cover-up of the crime. His actions beyond the crime were stupid. He was so very far out and ahead of George McGovern and his re-election was assured. There was no need for the wire tapping and no need for the cover-up.
Had Nixon simply thrown the five under the bus along with the few planners, he would only have had to weather a political firestorm for a couple of weeks and the word Watergate would never have become a part of our political narrative.
The supporters of Richard Nixon kept defending the president with each new revelation that came out on an almost weekly and then daily basis. Finally, his most ardent supporters gave up on him because the lies were too impossible to believe let alone defend. Nixon faced impeachment in a House vote and he knew he would certainly be convicted in the Senate, so he chose to resign the presidency in August of 1974 and flew out of Washington to his home in San Clemente.
I was 20 when the break-in took place and 22 when he resigned. I felt so let down by him. Presidents should not break the law and he had. Further, he violated the trust that we had given to him and he created a constitutional crisis with his arrogance and his crooked ways.
Hillary’s defenders have their Watergate moment coming. Her lies and her cover-ups are beginning to unravel and she will have to answer for her actions. A friend of mine scoffed last week that I was concerned over a few emails. It wasn’t a few but more than 60,000 emails that were sent and received over an unsecured server that exposed this nation to her being hacked by our enemies.
It is called espionage and her intentions have nothing to do with it. Her lies that Colin Powell and Condolezza Rice did it are just that - lies. They never used their private servers and when on the very few occasions they used their personal phones, the subject matter wasn’t even close to being classified. Hillary has lied.
It isn’t a security review as she claims. The FBI conducts criminal investigations. Hillary lies again. Hillary stated many times that she and her staff, “Can’t wait to talk to the investigators.” Once her staff members were called, they refused to answer questions. Her IT guy has accepted immunity and he is singing like a canary. Hillary’s lies are coming out.
Trey Gowdy and his committee, having been hampered by the stalling tactics of the Hillary team are still digging into the lies she told about Benghazi. Trey will give us the facts once the report is finished in spite of the stall being played out.
Hillary’s folks tell us there is nothing there but 150 FBI agents seem to be busy looking at something. Trey and his committee seem to have their work cut out for themselves. The Hillary supporters tell us that it is nothing and that it is “old news.”
Sounds just like what the Nixon defenders were saying. History seems to repeat itself. Gerry Ford pardoned Nixon. Will Obama find himself pardoning Hillary?
Chelsea will have some explaining to do to her child. One grandparent impeached and one either pardoned or in prison. The Clinton legacy.