What is Similar between WaterGate and Hillary Emailgate
The power of the press used to be about shaping the story in the public’s imagination. The movie, All the Presidents Men, was a portrayal of how the newspaper did not tell the public what to think, but rather what to think about. Now there are six corporations that own all the US newspapers telling us what to think about and who to elect.
All The President’s Men is a rarity in this field and still stands out today when we look at how the media gathers information from its sources and how information is withheld from the general public. We need only to look to the News of the World and Wikileaks as two opposing examples of this.
Hillary Clinton was once a Republican, even campaigning for Barry Goldwater in 1964. She switched parties in 1968. In 1974, Clinton became a member of the presidential impeachment inquiry staff during the Watergate scandal. President Richard Nixon resigned later that year. Bill and Hillary Clinton are the first and only first couple to be fingerprinted by the FBI.
Before The Pentagon Papers were Published 1971 Film
In 1971, the New York Times published the Pentagon Papers, officially titled “Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force”, a group of government documents that detailed the history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Henry Kissinger, who served as both the US National Security Adviser and the United States Secretary of State, wasn’t happy. “Furious about the Nixon administration’s vulnerability to this kind of damaging leak, he made recommendations that eventually led to the formation of a group called the Plumbers to plug the leaks. This was the unit that later broke into Democratic Party offices in the Watergate Hotel, setting off the chain of events that led to Nixon’s downfall.”
July 20, 1971: Ehrlichman Announces Creation of ‘Plumbers’ Nixon aide John Ehrlichman reports that he has successfully created the special investigations unit ordered by the president. His first choice to head the unit, speechwriter Pat Buchanan, refused the position. Ehrlichman rejected fellow aide Charles Colson’s own choice, retired CIA agent E. Howard Hunt, who has recently joined the White House staff (see July 7, 1971). Ehrlichman turned to his own protege, Egil “Bud” Krogh, and David Young, a former assistant to National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, to head the unit. Young gives the unit its nickname of “Plumbers” after he hangs a sign on his office door reading, “D. YOUNG—PLUMBER.” Their first hire is former FBI agent and county prosecutor G. Gordon Liddy, a reputed “wild man” currently being pushed out of the Treasury Department for his strident opposition to the administration’s gun control policies. [REEVES, 2001, PP. 348-349] Entity Tags: Egil Krogh, Charles Colson, David Young, G. Gordon Liddy, E. Howard Hunt, Patrick Buchanan, John Ehrlichman, US Department of the Treasury
“America, in its political campaigns, must not again fall into the trap of letting the end, however great that end is, justify the means.” ~ Richard Nixon
On August 9th, 1974, Nixon became the first ever President of the United States to resign – and by doing so avoided impeachment after being accused of misusing government agencies such as the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Internal Revenue Service during the course of the cover-up. He was then given a pardon by Gerald Ford on the same day he became the 38th President of the United States.
“Nothing’s riding on this except the first amendment of the Constitution, freedom of the press and maybe the future of this country”: Bradlee to Woodward and Bernstein after they discovered the mass involvement in the cover-up.
The investigation uncovers involvement all the way up to President Richard Nixon. And the White House continues to deny any wrongdoing.
Dirty tricks and activity the tricksters call “ratfucking”: stuffing ballot boxes, planting spies in the opposition and running up fake campaign literature. The conspiracy seems to suck in nearly everyone in Washington. In real life, 69 people were indicted as a result of the Watergate investigations, and 48 pleaded or were found guilty.
There was a slush fund set up by Nixon’s Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP). They then connect the head of CREEP and former Nixon Attorney General John N. Mitchell, the treasurer Hugh W. Sloan, Jr. and White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman to the money and the burglars. 40 government officials, including Haldeman who were either indicted or jailed later on.
Gordon Liddy, the chief operative of Nixon’s infamous ‘plumbers’ unit (set up to investigate leaks) and the mastermind, with Howard Hunt, of the Watergate burglary. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping, later commuted to eight years by Jimmy Carter.
DEEP THROAT: It was a Haldeman operation, the whole business was run by Haldeman, the money, everything. It won’t be easy getting at him, he was insulated, you’ll have to find out how. Mitchell started doing covert stuff before anyone else. The list is longer than anyone can imagine… It involves the entire U.S. intelligence community. The FBI, CIA, Justice, it’s incredible. The cover-up had little to do with Watergate. It was mainly to protect the covert operations. It leads everywhere. Get out your notebook, there’s more.
If such a conspiracy goes all the way to the White House, what does say about the President, the man elected to enforce laws, treaties, and court rulings; oversee federal policies, the national budget and appoint federal officials?
“In 2005, W. Mark Felt, formerly the second-ranking official at the FBI, revealed that he was the “Deep Throat” source. By then, Felt was in his early nineties and suffering from dementia. He died in 2008”
The White House issued a non-denial denial
“Ben Bradlee” All non-denial denials. They doubt our ancestry, but they don’t say the story isn’t accurate.
Just like in the movie the line “follow the money” (screenwriter William Goldman) , hints that the burglars were linked to the CIA and that they already had an attorney.
In 2016 Clinton’s aid who set up the server took the 5th and has a secret deal, her other staff are all suspect. Mark MacDougall, the attorney for former State Department employee Bryan Pagliano, sent a letter to House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy indicating that Pagliano would assert his Fifth Amendment right not to appear before the Select Committee for a deposition on September 10, 2015.
Non Denial Denial
On Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked Obama if he was convinced that national security was not compromised by Clinton’s handling of sensitive information.
“Here’s what I know: Hillary Clinton was an outstanding secretary of state. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy,” Obama said.
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Victoria Toensing is appalled by that explanation. “Doesn’t this former constitutional law professor know the law?” she asked.
Current US AG met with x Bill Clinton who also has a foundation, (Could this be another slush fund?) and before this there was Whitewater
FBI Director Coomy
FYI: It’s longstanding FBI policy not to record interviews. Normal practice is for agents to jot notes during an interrogation and then summarize what was said in a Form 302, which you’ll hear John Mica mention here. Why would a federal agency eschew recordings in an age when A/V equipment is ubiquitous? Good question. A lot of civil libertarians have been asking that for a long time. The unhappy truth is that the feds don’t want an objective record of what was said so that, when the case goes to court, it’s the agent’s word against the suspect’s. That reality was so obnoxious that Eric Holder reversed the policy two years ago and permitted agents to begin recording interviews — of suspects who are in custody. Hillary was never in custody. She sat for her interview voluntarily.
Same as the Watergate cover up where the insiders know the leaked email can show who knew what deals were being made behind closed doors.
Comey also said Guccifer lied about having broken into Clinton’s server but in 2013
– Guccifer hacked venture capitalist John Doerr‘s aol account. Doerr, 61, has a net worth of $2.7 billion and is a strategic adviser and general partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. He’s worked with Internet giants Google, Twitter, Amazon and Groupon and on Google’s Board of Directors since 1999. “Guccifer” had access to correspondence from Kleiner Perkins partners and even confidential tax documents.
AG Lynch and Comey both served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. They crossed paths in the investigation of HSBC bank, which avoided criminal charges in a massive money-laundering scandal for which the bank paid a $1.9 billion fine. After Attorney General John Aschroft recused himself in the Valerie Plame affair in 2004, Comey appointed as special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who ended up convicting “Scooter” Libby, a top aide to then Vice President Dick Cheney, of perjury and obstruction of justice. The charge affirmed the accusations of Plame and her former ambassador husband, Joe Wilson – both partisan supporters of Bill and Hillary Clinton – that Libby outed her as a CIA agent. Various statements Comey made about Berger’s mishandling of classified documents bear comparison to his comments regarding Hillary Clinton’s email server.
update 7/19/16 Patriot Games, From Watergate to Email Hacks History may not repeat itself exactly, but there’s something eerily familiar about the DNC email leaks.
Mark Twain, history never repeats itself exactly, but there are occasions when it rhymes.
The crucial difference between 1972 and 2016 is that in the former instance, there was no collusion between an American politician and a foreign state. In the present case, even if there is not (yet) any incontrovertible evidence of collusion, there is a serendipitous congruence of economic interests between Donald Trump and a foreign power, as well as the striking coincidence of his campaign manager, his top European foreign policy adviser and others associated with the candidate’s campaign having economic or career ties with Russia.