The past 48 hours have been very difficult for the Trump administration. The sudden resignation of General Mike Flynn over communications with Russian intelligence officials, unprecedented leaks from within the ranks, and folks wondering whose, if anyone's, head will roll next.
Source: NBC News
And then, last night, legendary newsman Dan Rather took to Facebook to give one of his detailed, opinionated write-ups on important events in the news.
The post has already received almost 200,000 likes, 9,000 comments, and 88,000 shares.
In the post, Rather wrote:
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: