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Trump Watergate Timeline Comparison - Separated at Birth?

After reading a tweet from Kurt Andersen (without a doubt the smartest and best boss I ever had) I got thinking more about the timeline of Watergate and our current president.

I worked for Kurt at the old Spy Magazine. I'd like to think that this is the sort of thing that Spy would have done. (The headline is an homage to a regular feature in Spy, Separated at Birth?)

If I had all day, I'd do more of a Spy thing, and ask the design team to make this look better, and ask the photo research team to come up with some amazing photos that draw connections, etc. But in the spirit of DONE, here it is.

I hope this is helpful to people all over the political spectrum.

  • For people that want Trump gone tomorrow, this shows pretty clearly that as of July we were really only about half done with the process. There's a long way to go.
  • For people that are tired of the drip-drip-drip, perhaps this will show why it almost has to happen that way.
  • For supporters of President Trump who are currently comforted by the fact that he's still in office despite what you perceive to be relentless media attacks, you won't find comfort, exactly, but with luck you'll see that those on the other side politically are not delusional about Trump, and that the sweep of history is not on Trump's side.

OK, here's the highlights, with lots of help from this page, this Watergate timeline and this Trump/Russia timeline:

 

Nixon/Watergate Trump/Russia
1972 2016
June 17     Burglars break into the DNC headquarters at Watergate June 9    Don Jr., Manafort and Kushner meet with Russian government official promising damaging info about Clinton. Trump tweets later that day for the first time about "33,000 emails."
June 20    Washington Post reports connection between burglary and Hunt July 18    Washington Post reports Trump wants GOP to go soft on Russia
Sept. 15   Hunt, Liddy and burglars indicted Oct. 7    DHS and DNI announce that Russia is interfering in election
Nov. 7      Nixon reelected  Nov. 8    Trump elected
1973 2017
Jan. 8    Burglary trial begins Jan. 4    Mike Flynn reports that he is under investigation
Jan. 11  Hunt pleads guilty Jan. 6    CIA, FBI and NSA report that Putin ordered a campaign to influence the election
Jan. 15    Other burglars plead guilty Jan. 10  Sessions tells congress that he “did not have communications” with the Russians
Jan. 20    Nixon inauguration Jan. 20    Trump inauguration
Jan. 30    Liddy convicted Jan. 30    Trump fires Yates
Feb. 28    FBI director tells congress that Dean had “probably lied” to FBI. Feb. 28    Trump staff instructed to preserve any Russia-related communications because of investigation
March 17 McCord refutes previous denial that he was working for the White House March 17 Page refutes previous denial that he never met with Kislyak
April 27    FBI Director Gray resigns April 5    Nunes recuses himself
April 30    Ehrlichman, Haldeman resign, Dean fired. April 11   Comey tells Rosenstein about “serious concern about the way in which the president is interacting, especially with the FBI”
May 17    Senate Watergate Committee begins hearings May 9    Trump fires Comey

May 19
    Cox appointed as special prosecutor

May 17  Mueller appointed special counsel
June 3    Dean testifies that he discussed the cover-up with Nixon at least 35 times June 8    Comey testifies to Senate Intelligence Committee, worried about president lying, says he hopes there are tapes
July 13    13 months after Watergate burglary, New York Times reports on Oval Office tapes of phone calls and meetings July 8    13 months after meeting of Don Jr., Manafort and Kushner with person they believe to be Russian government official, New York Times reports on that meeting

Oct. 20    "Saturday Night Massacre" firing of special prosecutor.

Oct. 30    "Manafort Monday" Manafort, Gates arrested. Special Prosecutor's office also unseals previous indictment and plea deal with Papadopoulos

Oct. 19 John Dean enters guilty plea after cooperating with prosecutors. 

Dec. 1 Mike Flynn enters guilty plea after cooperating with prosecutors.

Nov. 17    "I am not a crook" speech

Nearly Every Day Trump tweets something saying Russia investigation is phony.

Dec. 7  White House can't explain 18-minute gap in tapes.

Dec. 11 White House can't explain 18-day period that Mike Flynn wasn't fired.

1974

2018

March 1    Nixon named as "unindicted co-conspirator" along with the "Watergate Seven"

 

April 16    Special prosecutor subpoenas tapes

 

May 9    Impeachment hearings begin

 

June 27    House passes Articles of Impeachment 

 

Aug. 9    Nixon resigns from office

 

One last note:

One of the young staffers working on Watergate for the House Judiciary Committee was Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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We may not have learned all the lessons we needed to learn from Watergate, but perhaps there's a young staffer working behind the scenes right now who will one day run for president, and if she doesn't come to fame as the wife of a guy who was once impeached himself... and if the election isn't tampered with... maybe she'll even win.