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Trump and the FBI: A paralell to the Watergate scandal

Trump's threat has raised more suspicion in public opinion rather than solutions to Comey's dismissal during the FBI investigations, including Democratic Party congressmen, about alleged interference by Russia in the US Presidential elections held last year
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One of the latest statements by the US president regarding the dismissal of FBI director James Comey raises parallel to one of the most controversial cases in the US political history.

The US president wrote on his Twitter account "James Comey better hope that there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.”

Trump's threat has raised more suspicion in public opinion rather than solutions to Comey's dismissal during the FBI investigations, including Democratic Party congressmen, about alleged interference by Russia in the US Presidential elections held last year.

The Trump and FBI case is already compared to the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, when it was revealed that then-President Richard Nixon had a tape-recording system in his offices to record the conversations without the knowledge of the participants. In the case that led to Nixon’s resignation, Washington Post reporters had an informant who was precisely the FBI director at the time of the scandal.

In the usual daily press conference, White House spokesman Sean Spicer was unwilling to deny or confirm what the President wrote. "The president has nothing further to add on that. That’s not a threat. He’s simply stated a fact. The tweet speaks for itself. I’m moving on," Spicer said at his usual press conference.

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