John McCain: Trump Scandal Nearing "Watergate Size and Scale"

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2017

McCain was speaking to CBS News' Bob Schieffer as he was about to receive an award during the International Republican Institute's 2017 Freedom Dinner.

The day after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned, then-FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo that President Trump asked him to d...

You got an anonymous statement, we don't see any Republicans on camera. Comey documented the request in a memo at the time, according to the report. That followed an earlier revelation that Trump disclosed highly classified intelligence to high-ranking Russian officials during a meeting in the Oval Office. "And every couple of days, there's a new aspect of this really unhappy situation". The scandals surrounding Trump reached a particularly chaotic point last week, after Trump's sudden decision to fire Comey and the president's own admission he asked the former director if he was under investigation.

In Washington, there have been an steady uptick in whispered conversations as to whether Mr Trump had crossed a line by allegedly seeking to terminate the investigation into Mr Flynn.

McCain's remarks on Wednesday echo similar concerns from Republican senators, who have grown increasingly exasperated from the near daily controversies to come from the White House.

Asked what Mr Trump should do at this point, Mr McCain, who has long had a hard and complicated relationship with Mr Trump, referred once again to the Nixon presidency and said, "get it all out" before the public, "no matter what it is". "We have a number of agenda items, and I have to honestly speak the truth to my Republican friends, I don't see how you can say that just the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch is enough of a record for us to stand before the American people in 2018". Some Democrats, meanwhile, are calling for impeachment.

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