After a report that president Trump had asked FBI Director James Comey to kill the investigation into Michael Flynn’s connections with the Russians, Sen. John McCain said the scandals currently dodging the Trump White House are reaching a “Watergate size and scale”.
I think it’s reaching the point where it’s of Watergate size and scale, and a couple of other scandals we’ve seen,
the Arizona Republican told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer at the International Republican Institute’s 2017 Freedom Dinner on Tuesday.
He added that everyone in America “has seen this movie before” and predicted that other shoes would continue to drop as every other day there is a new scandal. McCain advised Trump to “get it all out” because postponing things would just make the situation worse.
Other Republicans Silent on Trump
McCain is the first Republican to have such a strong comment on the unfolding events affecting the presidency. Even after a memo written by Comey showing that the president urged him to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn, very few Republicans criticized the president.
Some Republicans even came to Trump’s defense. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) noted that no president can run the country without criticism. Sen. Hatch added that the current president has been subject to so much criticism because liberals “hate him” because he won the election and “beat their favorite [candidate]”. “It was a remarkable election,” the Utah Senator concluded.
Meanwhile, the Republican head of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Jason Chaffetz asked the FBI to release any transcripts of the communications between the president and Comey.
In addition, all Democrats on the House panel and those in the House Judiciary Committee asked Republican leaders to start an independent investigation into the president and his White House associates.
Comey’s Memo Sparks Fresh Scandal
McCain underscored that Comey was even smarter than Trump thought as he had handed the damning memo to others before his firing.
Under the U.S. law, a federal agent’s memo written during an investigation can be used as evidence in court. The memo reads that just one day after Flynn stepped down in February, the president urged the FBI chief to shut down the probe into him. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,” the memo reads.
Gen. Flynn was forced to resign amid allegations that he contacted the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the transition period to reassure Moscow that the Obama-era sanctions on Russia would be lifted as soon as Trump assumes office.
The report about Comey’s memo was published by the New York Times about 24 hours after a Washington Post article alleged that Trump shared ‘highly classified’ info with his Russian guests in the Oval Office last Wednesday. Trump met with the Russian diplomats a day after he fired Comey.
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