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“History is repeating itself, and with a vengeance,” John Dean told the judiciary committee, drawing a parallel between Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon, and “Russiagate” which has bedeviled Donald Trump.

But what strikes this veteran of Nixon’s White House is not the similarities but the stark differences.

Watergate began with an actual crime, a midnight break-in at the offices of the DNC in June 1972 to wiretap phones and filch files, followed by a cover-up that spread into the inner circles of the White House.

Three years after FBI Director James Comey began the investigation of Trump, however, the final report of his successor, Robert Mueller, found there had been no conspiracy, no collusion and no underlying crime.

How can Trump be guilty of covering up a crime the special counsel says he did not commit?

And the balance of power today in D.C. is not as lopsided as it was in 1973-1974.

During Watergate, Nixon had little support in a city where the elites, the press, the Democratic Congress and the liberal bureaucracy labored in earnest to destroy him. Nixon had few of what Pat Moynihan called “second and third echelons of advocacy.”

Contrast this with Trump, a massive presence on social media, whose tweets, daily interactions with the national press and rallies keep his enemies constantly responding to his attacks rather than making their case.

Trump interrupts their storytelling. And behind Trump is a host of defenders at Fox News and some of the top radio talk show hosts in America.

There are pro-Trump websites that did not exist in Nixon’s time, home to populist and conservative columnists and commentators full of fight.

Leftists may still dominate mainstream media. But their unconcealed hatred of Trump and the one-sided character of their coverage has cost them much of the credibility they had half a century ago.

The media are seen as militant partisans masquerading as journalists.

Consider the respective calendars.

Two years after the Watergate break-in, Nixon was near the end, about to be impeached by the House with conviction possible in the Senate.

Three years into Russiagate, 3 in 4 House Democrats do not want their caucus to take up impeachment. Many of these Democrats, especially moderates from swing districts, do not want to cast a vote to either bring down or exonerate the president.

Assume the House did take up impeachment. Would all the Democrats vote aye? Does anyone think a Republican Senate would deliver the needed 20 votes to provide a two-thirds majority to convict and remove him?

For a Republican Senate to split asunder and vote to expel its own Republican president who is supported by the vast majority of the party would be suicidal. It could cost the GOP both houses of Congress and the White House in 2020. Why would Republicans not prefer to unite and fight to the end, just as Senate Democrats did during the Clinton impeachment?

Trump’s support in the Republican caucus in the Senate today is rock solid. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is herself opposed to impeachment hearings in the House, considering them ruinous to her party’s hopes of maintaining control in 2020.

When Dean went before the Watergate committee of Sen. Sam Ervin in 1973, all five days of his testimony were carried live on ABC, CBS and NBC.

When Dean appeared Monday, the three cable news networks swiftly dropped coverage of the judiciary committee hearings to report on a helicopter crash in mid-Manhattan. Dean’s testimony could be seen on C-SPAN3.

Much of America is bored by the repetitive, nonstop media attacks on Trump, and look on the back-and-forth between left and right not as a “constitutional crisis” but as a savage battle between parties and partisans.

The impeachers who seek to bring down Trump face other problems.


Now that Mueller has spent two years and found no evidence of a Trump-Putin conspiracy to hack the emails of the DNC and Clinton campaign, questions have arisen as to what the evidence was that caused the FBI to launch its unprecedented investigation of a presidential campaign and a newly elected president.

Did an anti-Trump cabal at the apex of the FBI and U.S. security agencies work with foreign intelligence, including former British spy Christopher Steele, to destroy Trump?

The political dynamic of Trump’s taunts and defiance of the demands of committee chairs in a Democratic House, and the clamor for impeachment from the Democratic and media left are certain to produce more calls for hearings.

But if the impeachment hearings come, they will be seen for what they are: An attempted coup to overthrow a president by the losers of 2016 who are fearful they could lose again in 2020 and be out of power for four more years.

Russiagate is not Watergate, but there is this similarity:

Nixon and Trump are both the objects of a truly great hatred.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

Copyright 2019

• Category: History, Ideology • Tags: Donald Trump, Russiagate, Watergate 
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  1. Rurik says:

    Three years into Russiagate, 3 in 4 House Democrats do not want their caucus to take up impeachment.

    they don’t want to make James Brown the Democrat 2020 running mate.

    perhaps for good reason

    ♪, ♩ ‘I feel good! ♪, ♩

    • Replies: @john
  2. Fraudsters in high places
    Pretend to equal justice for all.
    Jussie and Hillary
    Give lie to hypocrites’ caterwaul.

  3. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    “.. found no evidence of a Trump-Putin conspiracy to hack the emails of the DNC and Clinton campaign ..”

    Another week, another soft endorsement of the Establishment narrative that Russia “hacked” anything. Mr. Buchanan has been doing this for years, as I showed recently when another commenter attempted to excuse the last example. This website’s “Mr. Paleoconservative” knows better, but he’s willing to lie to low information readers to keep his lucrative gig as sentry on the Right edge of the Beltway.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  4. Mendacracy in perfidy
    Gives us Iran false flag and fake Watergate.
    Torquemada’s fraternity,
    All honor and decency they abdicate.

  5. alexander says:

    C’mon Pat,

    Nearly every American (and his uncle) knew that “Russia-gate” was massive fraud from the get go .

    The whole purpose of it, right out of the gate, was to “deflect” from the monstrous crimes committed against the US taxpayer by our corrupt “establishment elites”.

    They lied us into war and bankrupted the nation to the tune of 22 trillion dollars, for gosh sakes !

    Each and every one of them should be in federal prison , and all their assets seized to pay for the wars they lied us into.

    The fact that this hasn’t happened yet is the gravest travesty of justice in American History.

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
  6. anon[866] • Disclaimer says:

    At this point, I don’t even care. Trump is worthless. Let Trump and his rivals fight it out. It’s nothing to me.

  7. @alexander

    And today they are trying to lie us into war yet again, with the human manatee
    Mike Pompeo out there peddling his tale about the Iranians torpedoing a couple of Japanese oil tankers at the very moment that the Japanese prime minister was meeting with the Iranian head of state. What are the chances? And why haven’t Bolton and Pompeo yet named Juan Guaido the legitimate president of Iran?

    • Replies: @Mr. Grey
  8. “Why would Republicans not prefer to unite and fight to the end, just as Senate Democrats did during the Clinton impeachment?”

    Because ignoring party discipline on important matters to bolster one’s reputation with the DC Chateratti is the sort of thing too many Republicans do, viz. John McCain (PBUH, RIP), Bob Corker, Mitt Romney, Lamar Alexander, etc.

  9. Anonymous [AKA "americandoesanddonts"] says:

    You bet “russiagate” is not “watergate” Pat. Nixon would never have been dumb enough to seek and accept Russian help.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  10. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    See what I mean?

    Beltway “dissidents” like Mr. Buchanan and this freshly cutout commenter are on the same page harmonizing that “Russia hacked the election.” This helps to herd the sheep into voting in the next Most Important Election Ever, choosing between two faux sides to protect “us” here in Exceptionalia from those dictator autocrats in Eastasia, Eurasia, etc.

    Puppet show.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  11. Indeed, Pat is right that Mr. Trump maintains considerable support despite the best efforts of the dumbocrats, and the lyin’ fake news MSM. But just imagine how much more solid his support would be if he hadn’t totally sold out to Israel, and, through his henchmen Bolton and Pompeo, brought the world to the brink of yet another major war, which could rapidly escalate into WWIII if the US foolishly attacks Iran?

  12. @anonymous

    When, pray tell, has Buchanan ever claimed that “Russia hacked the election?” Please give us just one example. Did you even bother to read the article?

    • Replies: @KenH
    , @anonymous
  13. KenH says:

    In past articles Pat has conceded establishment/deep state claims that Russia is guilty of hacking although he might quibble slightly. In one article from last year I remember his words as “Yes, Russia hacked” in response to (((Democrat and MSM))) allegations but am too lazy to go search for it.

  14. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    This was discussed under the article published May 31, where I first asked Mr. Buchanan’s fans why he seemed willfully ignorant of the observations of people like William Binney.

    If you look back, you will see a pattern of endorsing this aspect of the Beltway narrative. For example, on July 7, 2017, Mr. Buchanan wrote: “Americans are rightly angry that Russia hacked the presidential election of 2016.” The columns and comment threads of July 20 and 24, 2018, also illustrate what I’m talking about. I have read him closely, and Mr. Buchanan has been faithful to the Establishment on this point, careful to leave Russia cast as enemy.

    Can you provide any contrary examples?

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  15. @anonymous

    Seems that you have done your research, anon, and that I could be wrong. It just seems like such a contradiction that Buchanan would, on the one hand, claim that Russia hacked the election (without providing proof), while, at the same time, supporting Trump’s claim that there was no conspiracy or collusion – as Pat stated in paragraphs of 4&5 of this article.

  16. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:


    I used to hold him in higher regard, but he is stagehand Right for the Red v Blue puppet show. Just the other day, Mr. Buchanan was still celebrating the rescue of American medical students from the “Marxist thugs” in Grenada. Desiccated Beltway baloney when it comes to Uncle Sam’s international behavior, dissident only as to strategy and tactics, not principles.

  17. john says:

    Why anyone knew there was no Russiagate :

    Since the beginning of the Presidential campaign , President Putin made no comment about the three towers that fell on September 11, 2001 . A single comment on this topic from him would have brought then candidate Trump millions of additional voters . MAGA !

    • Replies: @Rurik
  18. Mr. Grey says:
    @Buck Ransom

    Good point. No way Iran torpedoes a Japanese boat while the PM visits. Say what you want about the mullahs and the crazy fundamentalists, but they are known for their hospitality.

    • Agree: HEREDOT
    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
  19. Rurik says:

    candidate Trump millions of additional voters . MAGA !

    I pray Trump is worthy of the votes he got.

    If he starts a war with Iran, I’ll never vote for him again.

    Otherwise, I’m sure he’s still better than the treasonous scum from the other side of the isle, but only because he isn’t a career politician, as they’re all equally rotten, (and complicit on 9/11 with their silence)


  20. Pat beat me to it by “that much”. Peak Stupidity opines on this topic here. One thing I had to add, and Mr. Buchanan is sure not helping with this. Can we end this whole “-gate” terminology real soon, please?

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  21. @follyofwar

    Pat is willing to say that Trump wasn’t involved in the Russian hacking, but he won’t come out and say that no such hacking ever took place. The one supposed hack that the Russiagate proponents were even able to make up a tale about was the transfer of DNC emails, and William Binney has demonstrated that the emails weren’t taken by a hacker because the transfer speeds were too fast for an intenet connection and the files were transferred into FAT filesystem, which is typical of transfer to a usb stick.

    Pat doesn’t know this or pretends not to know it. He doesn’t want to become an outcast from his position as a senior Beltway pundit. I think that’s why he says that the Russian intelligence agencies did indeed hack the DNC servers.

  22. @Achmed E. Newman

    No, we can’t end it just yet. I’m currently working on my AchmedENewmangate theory and may be able to roll it out by next year sometime.

  23. @Mr. Grey

    “I really cannot begin to fathom how stupid you would have to be to believe that Iran would attack a Japanese oil tanker at the very moment that the Japanese Prime Minister was sitting down to friendly, US-disapproved talks in Tehran on economic cooperation that can help Iran survive the effects of US economic sanctions.”

    • Agree: follyofwar
  24. @anon

    Agreed-indifference is probably the best attitude to take at this point.

  25. @anon

    I don’t care at all.

    Blumpf is useless on immigration. His cabinet is full of neocons. His only achievement is passing the tax cuts bill.

    At least the left was being honest with their intentions. Now they’ve realized their mistake, so the “moderate” Biden will come out and lull the idiotic whites back to sleep.

    When they (we) wake up it will be too late.

  26. Middle East Monitor : ” The real scandal is Israelgate , not Russiagate .”

  27. APilgrim says:

    Reportedly, White House Council John Dean FRAMED his client President Richard Milhouse Nixon.

    ‘G. Gordon Liddy Puts The Blame On John Dean’, By John Hinterberger, Wednesday, July 10, 1991 – Page updated at 12:00 AM,

    George Gordon Battle Liddy was the general counsel for Richard Nixon’s Committee to Re-elect the President, which eventually became known as CREEP. As such, in 1972 he headed a band of spies, Cuban militants and ex-spies (including E. Howard Hunt) who broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex – a break-in that led to the cover-up that forced Nixon to resign under threat of impeachment. An ex-FBI agent, pilot, weapons specialist and would-be politician, Liddy thought he was the leader of that pack. Recent disclosures in “Silent Coup: The Removal of a President,” by investigative reporters Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin, argue that Liddy was nothing of the sort. “I thought I was in charge of the Watergate operation,” he said. “Instead, I was the cut-out man.” The patsy.

    The real reason, it now seems – if “Silent Coup” is correct – was that Nixon’s lawyer, John Wesley Dean III, was hiding an embarrassing personal liaison. Dean’s wife, Maureen Elizabeth (Kane Biner Owen) Dean, had been a roommate and close friend of a woman who headed a ring of Washington, D.C., prostitutes. That information was locked inside the DNC office. “The real ops (operations) officer was Hunt; and his principal, the man who conceived and commanded the Watergate operation, was John Dean. John Mitchell and Richard Nixon had nothing whatsoever to do with it,” Liddy said.

    “In other words,” I asked him, “if Nixon had known Dean’s real reasons for the break-in, he would not have protected the `burglars’ and the cover-up would never have happened?” “That’s exactly correct,” Liddy said. “He would have flushed the whole thing right at the start. Mitchell would not have gone to jail and Richard Nixon would have retained his presidency.” And had Liddy known that he had been manipulated by Dean and Hunt, he would have broken his Watergate silence and altered the course of history.

  28. APilgrim says:

    Former stripper Erika “Heidi” Rikan, (AKA Cathy Dieter) was reportedly the head of the Washington D.C. prostitution ring, or ‘Madame’, as well as Maurine Dean’s roommate. I consider it reasonable to infer the usual: drugs, sex for hire, and ‘girl on girl’ action.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @APilgrim
  29. APilgrim says:

    The (reported) desperate, deplorable, and diabolical actions of John Wesley Dean III, resulted in the Democrat National Headquarters office in theWatergate Hotel break in, AND initiated the cover up.

    G. Gordon Liddy has REPEATEDLY related this story in public speeches and on his Radio Program, over the years. Liddy has DARED, even BEGGED John Dean to sue him over these allegations.

    Nixon, Haldeman, Erlichman, Mitchell & Liddy were all ‘Fall Guys’, set up by John Dean.

  30. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    What has that to do with this column of Beltway loyal MSNBC contributor Mr. Buchanan? Are you pumping his book?

    • Replies: @APilgrim
  31. APilgrim says:

    G. Gordon Liddy has repeatedly and publicly condemned John Dean in speeches and on his radio program, for Dean’s orders to break into the DNC HQ at the Watergate Hotel. Liddy has repeatedly dared and even begged Dean to sue him over these allegations regarding Maureen Elizabeth (Kane, Biner, Owen) Dean and former stripper Erika “Heidi” Rikan, (AKA Cathy Dieter).

  32. APilgrim says:

    The so-called ‘Watergate’ scandal was reportedly a ‘set-up’, as is the so-called Russiagate.

    Elements in the FBI (Mark Felt, AKA ‘Deep-Throat’) committed espionage, insurrection, sedition, and obstruction of justice. Richard Nixon and his staff … not so much.

  33. APilgrim says:

    ‘Silent Coup: The Removal of a President’, by Len Colodny & Robert Gettlin

    ‘WATERGATE BOOK OPENS TO TOUGH AUDIENCE’, By Howard Kurtz, May 21, 1991,

    Their version of the 1972 break-in at Democratic headquarters is that Nixon campaign operatives were trying to dig up dirt on a call girl ring, which operated through an unnamed person at the Democratic National Committee. A key woman in the ring, the authors say, was Erika “Heidi” Rikan (a k a Cathy Dieter), the friend and housemate of Maureen Biner, then Dean’s girlfriend and later his wife. Tossing details from Watergate burglars and White House gumshoes into the cauldron, the authors suggest that Dean ordered the DNC break-in because he wanted to dig up sexual dirt on the Democrats — then masterminded the coverup almost from the moment the burglars were caught. Dean is even blamed for suggesting that the White House use the CIA to block the FBI from investigating Watergate — a gambit that essentially forced Nixon’s resignation after he was heard embracing it on the “smoking gun” White House tape of June 23, 1972.

    Dean yesterday said the book had resurrected the call girl allegation and added “a deceased friend of my wife and myself who cannot defend herself” in an attempt “to smear my wife and draw her into the mire of Watergate.”

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  34. APilgrim says:

    IMHPO, John Dean could NOT possibly have ‘afforded’ the high priced hookers of Madam Heidi. White House Council is not a particularly lucrative position. However, Dean had a valuable ‘Plus-1’ invitation to MANY official and social events. ‘Madam Heidi’ could have used Dean’s Plus-1 Pass to get ‘her-girls’ into the halls of power. Government Contractors & Lobbyists could arrange ‘quickies’ for lonely congressmen and needy government bureaucrats. That is the way things actually work.

    John Dean could take his cut of the action in cash or kind. Presumably, the sleazy drone cuck preferred the latter.

    Again, IMHPO.

  35. Corvinus says:

    Mr. Buchanan simply cannot be trusted on this issue. Has there ever been a time where he acknowledged Nixon’s guilt and complicity, as well as the extent of how Trump is compromised by foreign agents?

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