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WATERGATE and HILLARYGATE

Interesting historical contrasts between Watergate and Hillary Clinton are set to play out as the findings of US Special Prosecutor John Durham begin to drip out.

Although espionage is the common link between the two, their intentions differ significantly. Nixon’s paranoia about the tactics of his political enemies led to the establishment of what he called an “attack group” which, by the presidential election year of 1972, came to be known as the “Plumbers.”

The amateurish attempt by the Plumbers to bug Democratic Party National Committee Headquarters in the Watergate building in Washington DC failed to yield any information thanks to prompt police action. Nixon never ordered the break-in and when he first read about it in the Miami Herald on June 18, 1972, he dismissed it as “some sort of a prank” (see: former Newsweek editor Evan Thomas’s book Being Nixon, page 383).

But what destroyed Nixon’s presidency was his attempt to cover-up the event, its implications and those involved. For 20 months, he was hounded by the media and his opponents to the point of impeachment proceedings that led to his resignation. The cover-up proved a far bigger crime than the Watergate break-in.

Durham’s findings show that in July 2016 Hillary Clinton directly ordered tech executive Rodney Joffe who worked for the Clinton Campaign’s law firm, Perkins Coie, to fabricate a connection between candidate Donald Trump and Russia. This involved infiltrating internet servers in Trump Towers, New York, and later from President Trump’s Executive Office in the White House.

To lend credibility to her fabricated connection with Russia’s collaboration with Trump, Hillary Clinton enlisted the CIA and the FBI to undertake criminal investigations into her narrative. The end result was the Mueller Investigation, which failed to prove any such collaboration. Hillary’s plumber, Rodney Joffe, failed to find any dirt on Trump and the alleged Russia connection.

The Clinton intention of bringing down President Trump failed. Whereas Nixon could not prevent the leaks from his Plumbers destroying his credibility and his presidency, the Durham Report has cast-iron proof of Hillary Clinton’s role in attempting to sabotage the legitimacy of an elected president.

Not surprisingly, Hillary Clinton has rejected Durham’s findings as “nonsense.” Initially, Nixon had pretty much the same opinion of Watergate. Whereas the mainstream media were always Nixon’s nemesis and conducted themselves like sharks in a feeding frenzy over Watergate, to date they are mute on Durham’s findings. On February 14, the New York Times’ reasoning for ignoring the Durham Report was that it involved “dense, obscure issues” which would be too hard for its readers to understand!

Leaks destroyed Nixon’s attempted Watergate cover-up. But his crime was never treasonous. The on-going Durham findings on Hillarygate portend a watershed in American history.

Duncan du Bois
Duncan Du Bois is an outstanding letter writer. He always has an unexpected fresh angle on issues which he expresses in a manner that is difficult to ignore. As a historian with a broad general knowledge and having the advantage of a wide political experience, his letters always contain insights that provide new perspectives on issues.
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