Most of the leaks that lead to the Watergate scandal coming to light came from an anonymous whistleblower called Deep Throat, who in 2005 was revealed to be W. Mark Felt, a former associate director of the FBI. Watergate, as you know, sunk the Nixon presidency, eventually leading to Nixon’s resignation.

All I’m saying is, whoever is leaking accounts of Trump’s temper tantrums and memos from the White House, you are doing a public good, but for the love of all that is pure and holy DO NOT even THINK of calling yourself Deep Thrussy.


Documentary Reveals The ‘Dirty Tricks’ Of One Of Trump’s Closest Political Advisers

Director Morgan Pehme on why he wanted to make a documentary about political operative and Trump adviser Roger Stone:

“We thought his life was an extraordinary lens to talk about how our politics has transformed since Watergate, and that we could trace the degradation of our politics through Roger’s deeds and misdeeds. Roger is such an incredibly colorful, over-the-top character that we felt that he could draw in people who weren’t even interested in politics, to hear a story that was enormously important in understanding our politics. That’s what got us on the trail with Roger, but we never would’ve expected that it would end with Roger at the apex of his extraordinary life and career having completed his 29-year-old what seemed like a quixotic quest to elect Donald Trump to the presidency.” 


All the President’s Men  (1976)

“You know the results of the latest Gallup Poll? Half the country never even heard of the word Watergate. […] We’re under a lot of pressure, you know, and you put us there. Nothing’s riding on this except the, uh, first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country. Not that any of that matters, but if you guys fuck up again, I’m going to get mad. Goodnight.” - Ben Bradlee


When President Nixon fired independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox during the Watergate investigation, it started a chain reaction that included the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus (an event that became known as “The Saturday Night Massacre”).  Public opinion turned decidedly against the President for firing the person responsible for the investigation, most saying it made Nixon “look guilty” with many politicians and those in the media saying it was “a constitutional crisis” because the President was basically demonstrating he was “above the law”.  Too many Republicans turned against him in the days that followed and impeachment loomed.  Nixon resigned before that could happen.

Dan Rather slams Donald Trump in viral 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. — Dan Rather
Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign
High-level advisers close to then-presidential nominee Donald Trump were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to US intelligence, multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials tell CNN.
By Pamela Brown, Jim Sciutto and Evan Perez, CNN

This is huge. Really huge. Trust me on this. I’m just old enough that I remember coming home from school and having nothing to watch on TV because the Watergate hearings were on every channel. (This was back when we had only like 6 VHF channels and a couple of UHF channels in Los Angeles.) I also vaguely remember when Richard Nixon resigned the presidency, because it was such an historical event.

The Nixon presidency was incredibly dirty and corrupt, but I have to believe what’s going on with the Trump administration right now makes Watergate look like a Sunday picnic. This has to lead to Congressional hearings and quite possibly impeachment proceedings against Lord Dampnut. Mike Pence should likely be in the crosshairs as well, because this simply can’t be only Lord Dampnut’s doing. His entire cadre of minions are suspect.

If it goes all the way to impeachment, I also can’t help but wonder if there’s any chance of a presidential election do-ever. I know this is absolutely unprecedented, but Russia manipulated things to make sure the Republicans got in power not only in the White House but also in Congress, so I don’t know if having Paul Ryan end up as president because he’s speaker of the house is the right outcome.

All I can say is, we are most definitely in uncharted territory right now. So hang on tight, because this is most definitely going to be a very bumpy ride.