The Ghost of Watergate Is Haunting Capitol Hill

Source: The New Republic
by Walter Shapiro

“It is an iron law of political scandal: Inevitably, there are echoes of Watergate. But at Thursday’s fifth hearing of the January 6 committee, the Watergate echoes reverberated so loudly that they were like shouted words bouncing off the walls of a canyon. Begin with the event that would have gone down in history as the Sunday Night Massacre. The most powerful story of the hearing was former acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue’s account of an Oval Office meeting late in the day on Sunday, January 3, 2021. … President Donald Trump’s assumption was that the meeting would ratify his choice of Jeffrey Clark … as the new acting attorney general. … Trump was told by Donoghue, acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Steve Engel, the head of the Office of Legal Counsel, that they would all resign in protest if Clark were named.” (06/23/22)