Boiled Rice

The Obama Administration’s surveillance of the Trump campaign and transition teams , if true, is an egregious criminal act. It makes Watergate look like child’s play. Watergate happened over 40 years ago. It was a GOP Administration at the time that was under investigation. Congressional Republicans cooperated admirably and fully in the nationally televised Senate Watergate Committee hearings which captivated a nation, and fully supported the appointment and work of Special Prosecutors Archibald Cox, then Leon Jaworski. It was Republican Senator Howard Baker who famously posed the question on national television, “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” The two-year long “national nightmare” culminated in the resignation of President Richard Nixon. In the end, it was an elite group of Republican stalwarts including Senators Hugh Scott and Barry Goldwater, and House Minority Leader Carl Albert, that made the somber journey up Pennsylvania Avenue to tell President Nixon the jig was up. In addition to the GOP, the media, led by the Washington Post, were like a pack of bloodhounds in unearthing the truth, using a composite of highly placed sources known as “Deep Throat.” And White House Counsel John Dean turned state’s evidence and sang like a canary at the Senate hearings.

My how times have changed. The Democrats will not cooperate with any investigation, nor will they agree to a Special Prosecutor. They will not agree to televised Committee hearings. The media, outside of Fox News and conservative talk radio, will not work doggedly to unearth the truth. Quite the opposite—they will act like the partisan hacks that are. They will defend the former Administration accomplices, minimize the severity and significance of these acts, and try to change the story to implicate President Trump and his associates. There will be no tell-all White House sources like Dean who sing like a canary. Every witness will take the fifth or lie like a rug.  No Democratic senator will ask the question that Senator Baker asked.  And no elite group of Democratic party elders will make the somber trip to the White House to apologize to President Trump for their slanderous allegations that he and his campaign team were working with the Russians to swing the election in their favor.

The chances of seeing truth and justice in this case are small, actually infinitesimally small. Nothing will happen and everyone will get off scott free.

OPINION | The U.S. intelligence community is in the midst of a severe crisis.