Trump’s Presidency Is Already The Biggest Scandal In American History, Historians Insist
No one is really sure when special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on the Russia investigation will be released, although many have made speculations to predict as much.
Still, in spite of the fact that the report isn’t yet published or handed off to Attorney General William Barr, historians say that what we’ve witnessed so far is already the biggest scandal in American history.
The assertion, made by historians and reported on by Axios on Thursday morning, concluded that Trump’s campaign’s Russia connections, and the various other controversies that have arisen from looking into those connections, outperforms the Teapot Dome scandal of the 1920s and even Watergate in the early 1970s.
The entire ordeal “transcends scandal — it’s a national crisis in the sense of a period of elevated stakes, high passions, and possibly permanent consequences,” presidential historian John Meacham explained.
The sheer volume of controversies that have been unearthed through Mueller’s work so far is what makes the overall “broad” scandal so much grander than previous ones. Axios detailed six known issues alone that have been discovered in the course of the special counsel’s investigation, including:
- Trump Tower in Moscow being negotiated well-into the 2016 presidential campaign, despite previous assertions by the president and others that such discussions ended before the Iowa caucuses;
- Hush-money payments made to at least two mistresses in the run-up to Trump winning the presidency, including one made just weeks before election day (and the payment not being properly documented in campaign filings);
- Details on how Trump overruled his advisers in seeking to secure top-secret security clearances for his son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, who others worried had conflicts of interest and other compromised priorities putting his clearances at a security risk (Trump possibly did the same thing for his daughter Ivanka, as previous reporting from Hill Reporter noted);
- Possible instances of obstruction of justice carried out by the president, including the firing of then-FBI director James Comey, which Trump later admitted was done due to “this Russia thing,” per reporting from CNN;
- The appointment of Michael Flynn to lead the National Security Council, in spite of the fact that many had warned Trump that Flynn was a compromised asset with dubious ties to Russia;
- And the more than 100 contacts made between Trump’s associates and Russia during and after the 2016 election campaign.
The gravity of the situation should not be lost on us — these are the scandals that are known at this time. There’s the potential for more indictments to be handed down before Mueller ends his investigation, and even then, other inquiries that were started because of the Russia investigation will live on in other jurisdictions, which may themselves unearth more controversies.