“Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?” was reportedly the question King Henry II asked of his knights in 1170 AD to goad them into murdering the English Archbishop, Thomas Beckett. Did President Obama utter a similar wail to inspire his intelligence agencies to wiretap Trump headquarters at Trump Tower?
It’s an interesting speculation, and not the only one rising in the flotsam that is called “breaking news.”
Anyone under 60 is too young to remember that in the Watergate impeachment saga of 1972-74, President Richard Nixon was never proven — or even seriously accused – of having personally ordered the break-in of the DNC offices at the Watergate Hotel. That fact did not save him from impeachment, and it may not save Barack Obama from criminal prosecution.
It turned out that Richard Nixon did not know about the Watergate break-in until he read about it in the newspaper. And that turned out not to matter at all. It was done by people working for his Attorney General, John Mitchell, and like Obama’s agents, John Mitchell’s “plumbers” had been told they were doing it for national security reasons.
The successful Watergate prosecution of Nixon aides tells us that Obama’s personal role in launching the wiretap of the server at Trump Tower is irrelevant to his political and legal culpability. It was done on his watch, by appointees on his team, for the benefit of his political allies — under the cover of national security. Sound familiar?
The question Americans will soon be asking is the same one asked by the Watergate Special Prosecutor: What did Obama know and when did he know it?
- Did Obama see summaries or transcripts of the wiretapped conversations? Why?
- Did he or anyone in the Obama administration share summaries with the Clinton campaign?
- Did anyone on the Obama team, such as the appointees at the CIA, NSA or Treasury Department, leak summaries or transcripts to the media for political purposes?
If the answer is “yes” to even one of those questions and if former Obama appointees are now busily engaged in a fervid cover up of those facts, then we witnessing the unfolding of Watergate Scandal 2.0.