We Need an Independent
On August 9, 1974, Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was forced to resign from office or face impeachment. Nixon
chose the former and left office in total and complete disgrace. He had been involved in what would become infamously known as the
Watergate Scandal. In 1972 there was a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, which was located inside of the
Watergate Hotel, hence the name Watergate. It was later determined that Nixon knew about the break-in and tried to cover it up. Of course,
Watergate isn’t the only major U.S. political scandal. There have been many, but not all of them were forced to resign from office in disgrace.
For example, Bill Clinton was impeached but still managed to save his reputation enough to leave office with a relatively high approval rating
and was also given a great deal of credit for making the economy stronger and more robust. In 1985, we had the Iran-Contra Affair when
President Ronald Reagan authorized the supply of weapons to the Iranians and used the proceeds to fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua
without Congressional approval.
And now it is becoming increasingly clear that we are in for yet another major scandal under the Trump administration. During Watergate, Nixon
conspired with members of his administration to use the former CIA operatives to obstruct the FBI’s investigation of Watergate. During the time,
Nixon butted heads with the Attorney Generals’ Office over the handling of the Watergate investigation resulting in the resignation of Attorney
General Elliot Richardson and Assistant Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.
Since taking office just 100 days ago, Trump has already fired three high-level government officials including U.S. Attorney Preet Bahara,
acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and now most recently and shockingly, FBI Director James Comey. Comey was someone that Trump
heaped lavish praise upon after he updated Congress on an ongoing investigation, a move that Hilary Clinton believes was one of two factors
that mainly contributed to her humiliating defeat. In the case of Bahara, he had initially been told that he could stay on even though he is a
registered Democrat and an Obama appointee. Trump would later inexplicably fire him. Yates was fired by Trump for refusing to defend his
unconstitutional Muslim travel ban. With regard to Comey, several different reasons have come from the Trump administration regarding the
sudden firing of Comey. Many now believe that Comey was fired because he is in charge of the investigation of several individuals from the
Trump campaign who were allegedly colluding with the Russians.
It seems at this point that if you are not willing to fall on the sword for this president, your political career could come to an abrupt halt. The
majority of Democrats believe that we need an independent investigation while the majority of Republicans believe we are not quite there yet.
Recent polls indicate that the majority of Americans, 52 percent, believe we need an independent investigation. I concur. The American public
deserves to know exactly what happened during this election. We need a bi-partisan commission similar to the 911 Commission to find out
what happened and devise better counterintelligence and cyber-security strategies to help ensure that does not happen again in the future
irrespective of political partisanship. It is time to put country over party.