editorial.1.30.19


The events that led to the resignation of an American president 45 years ago is the subject of this editorial.

That was the same time when the Filipino Reporter was founded by the late Bert Pelayo.

Marcos’ martial rule was on its second year.

Most of our readers were not yet in the U.S. at that time.

We refer to the infamous Watergate scandal in Washington, D.C., which, after a two-year investigation by two special prosecutors, and continuous defiance, pointed to then Republican President Richard Nixon as the one who ordered the burglary and wiretapping of the Democratic Party’s offices at Watergate Hotel in D.C. in 1972.

On March 1, 1974, a grand jury in Washington, D.C., indicted several former aides of Nixon, who became known as the “Watergate Seven” for conspiring to hinder the Watergate investigation.

The scandal also resulted in the indictment of 69 people, with trials or pleas resulting in 48 being found guilty, many of whom were top Nixon officials.

Thirteen ranking officials of the then Nixon administration, including the Secretary of Justice, went to jail.

By late 1973, the Watergate scandal escalated, costing Nixon much of his political support.

On Aug. 9, 1974, he resigned in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office.

After his resignation, he was issued a controversial pardon by his successor, Gerald Ford.

The on-going Russian investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller has some parallelisms with the Watergate investigation and scandal.

Both involve the two major American political parties.

Both involve key administration officials.

Seven former officials or associates of President Trump have been indicted or sentenced to jail term.

Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and author of a book, posted in CNN website the following opinions:

“The arrest of Roger Stone in the early morning hours Friday is another devastating political blow to President Donald Trump. It gives more ammunition to House Democrats to accelerate their own investigation plans, and it will certainly generate more fear among Republicans, even those who continue to stand by the President.”

America is waiting for the conclusion of the Mueller investigation.

Will there be a repetition of history?

Or is the investigation a “witch-hunt” according to President Trump?

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