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John McCain, John Oliver and Bob Woodward, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Watergate. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 104 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 142 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from John McCain is: “We are going through a rough period. We really are, and for me to tell you that we aren't, politically, is not fair. But we've gone through other troubled times. I can remember Watergate scandal and how it brought down a president. I'm not suggesting that's going to happen to this president, but we are in a scandal, and every few drops another shoe drops from this centipede, and we've got to get through that.”.
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Kellyanne Conway

There's no there there. We were promised the next Watergate and we don't even have water polo, we don't have a watermelon.feedback

Dick Dadey

Our elected officials are not going to step up and pass any new laws to prevent actual corruption.feedback

Andrew M. Cuomo

I don't know what people will find, and argue, about this. I'm sure you'll have people on all sides seeing what they want to see in this situation.feedback

Susan Lerner

Let us be clear, the facts are not in question. Mr. Silver used his position in government to direct state resources into a scheme that paid out $4 million into his pocket.feedback

Yuh-Line Niou

New Yorkers deserve an honest and transparent government. We are moving on from this sad chapter in my district, but we still need serious ethics reforms in our state government, including closing the LLC loophole, limiting outside income, and ensuring pensions are stripped from officials convicted of corruption.feedback

Todd Kaminsky

It is well past time that our state Legislature enact real anticorruption measures and empower local district attorney offices to bring corruption cases. Voters have no doubt that corruption exists on all levels of government and today's decision is one more striking blow to their faith in honest government. It is time for our state to step up.feedback

Art Buchwald

Everyone from Joseph Alsop to Vice President Gerald Ford pleaded that the country should forget about Watergate so the president could devote his time and efforts to such important matters as the energy crisis.feedback

Elizabeth Drew

One gets a picture of the president and several of his formerly most trusted aides circling each other, each of them in a position to put the knife to the others. It is the court of the Borgias. It is the government of the United States.feedback

Theodore White

Why Nixon did what he was caught doing. One must accept the political reality that Richard Nixon and his men were, for the first time in American politics since 1860, carrying on an ideological war. He, as president, was sole custodian of America's power.feedback

Elizabeth Drew

The city seems to be reeling around amidst the events and the breaking stories. In the restaurants, the noise level is higher. At the end of the day, someone says, It's like being drunk. It is harder than ever to know where reality stops and fantasy begins. When, time after time, the incredible proves to be fact, it's quite an achievement for something to remain incredible.feedback

Marion Goldin

Finding obscure, Watergate-related persons among the delegates, facing skepticism if not outright opposition from our bosses, plus explicit memos from the Republican Party describing this convention as a coronation of President Nixon. We turned the 1972 Republican convention into a vehicle for bringing the Watergate saga to a wider American audience, many of whom were hearing about it for the first time.feedback

Daniel Ellsberg

We've got to get this son of a bitch. We can't be in a position of – of ever allowing – just because some guy is going to be martyr, of allowing the fellow to get away with this kind of wholesale thievery, or otherwise it's going to happen all over the government.feedback

Richard Nixon

I want the break-in. You're to break into the place, rifles the files and bring them in.feedback

Ron Ziegler

And more Watergate stuff was starting to come out. It was not a shove of anger. It was a shove of frustration. I understood the situation fully. Obviously, I was humiliated.feedback

David Erdman

I feel privileged. I feel again that I am a witness to history.feedback

Gordon Freedman

I think this is sort of an intersection between a social and historical meeting between people, to talk about a time when a lot of effort was made to get to the truth about what happened on the campaign. I just think Watergate is in the air.feedback

Elisabeth DeMarse

You haven't changed a bit. I am so excited to see you. You just look back and you think, it's still alive and relevant.feedback

Lowell P. Weicker Jr

It's the first time in anyone's memory that someone challenged the president. We established the fact that the president is not above the law.feedback

Rufus L. Edmisten

It's got all the makings, but as my wife likes to say, it's not cooked enough.feedback

Roger Stone

The Nixon administration's paranoia about Daniel Ellsberg is driven by Henry Kissinger. You can hear him in the tapes: 'He's a pervert, Mr. President. He must be dealt with, Mr. President.feedback

Nick Akerman

It was the release of the Pentagon Papers that really set him (Nixon) off. I think what it (the plot) tells us is that Watergate was a much greater attack on our democracy from all different respects. People think of it as just the Watergate break in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington. It was much more than that.feedback

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

The Special Counsel's focus on the possible obstruction of justice of Donald Trump is the biggest legal turning point in the ongoing Russia investigation and a real threat to Trump's presidency. Remember in the Watergate scandal it was the cover-up that brought Richard Nixon down, not the initial crime.feedback

Adam Schiff

I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator.feedback

John Dean

It does affect public opinion, which affects Congress, which affects impeachment proceedings.feedback

Carl Bernstein

The big difference between then and now is that there was an open-mindedness among citizens in the country to the best obtainable version of the truth.feedback

Nick Ackerman

Yeah, there's no question that Trump was involved in a obstruction of justice. The Comey testimony today makes that crystal clear. The bottom line is the president is worried that [former national security adviser Michael] Flynn is going to turn into the next James McCord, the Watergate burglar who wound up getting a heavy sentence and then fingering the people in the White House. The idea that he is some kind of naïve waif who doesn't understand how Washington works or the criminal system [works] is absurd.feedback

Jonathan Bernstein

Watergate was as big as it was, with impeachment and conviction absolutely justified, because of the overwhelming range of criminal and unconstitutional actions Nixon and his men had committed.feedback

Nick Ackerman

The bottom line is the president is worried that Mike Flynn is going to turn into the next James McCord, the Watergate burglar who wound up getting a heavy sentence and then fingering the people in the White House.feedback

Nick Ackerman

Obstruction of justice is an intent crime. If his intent was to impede, interfere or stop that investigation, that's obstruction.feedback

Philip Allen Lacovara

In prepared testimony released on the eve of his appearance Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James B. Comey placed President Trump in the gunsights of a federal criminal investigation, laying out evidence sufficient for a case of obstruction of justice. This kind of presidential intervention in a pending criminal investigation has not been seen, to my knowledge, since the days of Richard Nixon and Watergate. Any experienced prosecutor would see these facts as establishing a prima facie case of obstruction of justice.feedback

Jane Sherburne

Being tempted to evade the truth, or to shade it, will only end up creating more of a mess for a White House already in trouble.feedback

Tim Bontemps

Now the Warriors, who haven't lost since April 10, will have a chance to do something no team has done: go 16-0 en route to winning a championship.feedback

Bruce Green

At least since the Nixon administration and the Watergate investigation, there has been common agreement and understanding throughout the federal government that federal criminal investigations of potential executive-branch wrongdoing should proceed independently of the president and of executive-branch officials generally.feedback

Josh Gerstein - Politico

That means, effectively, that Mueller would likely be able to get access to the notes or testimony regarding communications among Trump, his aides, and White House lawyers such as Don McGahn. However, communications directly with Marc Kasowitz, Trump's personal attorney who's been tapped to lead the group of lawyers representing the administration in the Mueller probe and related congressional investigations, would be easier to shield.feedback

Jennifer Palmieri - Clintons

Having worked in a White House under investigation, I know from experience that it's even more disorienting than it appears.feedback

Phillip Carter

Recent experience suggests Trump associates . . . face far more legal risk from their interviews and potential testimony than from any substantive activities. Starr's searching inquiry . . . never generated charges relating to the (Whitewater) deal itself, but it did snare the president himself (and ultimately led to his impeachment) when he made false statements under oath. .feedback

Josh Gerstein - Politico

A pair of legal showdowns between Ken Starr's office and the Clinton White House two decades ago erased the idea that presidents and their aides are protected by attorney-client privilege when talking with government lawyers.feedback

Russell Riley

Staff members lawyer up and develop protective moats around themselves, undermining the esprit de corps essential for doing a high-pressure job well.feedback

Betty Currie

They kept asking me questions about people, and at one point I told them, I cannot mention another name to you, because as soon as I mention a name, you subpoena these young kids who can't afford any lawyers. Now ask me what you want, but I'm not saying any other names.feedback

Richard Nixon

They should call the FBI in and say…'Don't go any further in this case,' period.feedback

James Clapper

I lived through Watergate. I was on active duty then as a young officer in the Air Force, and it was a scary time. But it was against the backdrop of all the post-Vietnam trauma, which seemed, at least in my memory, amplified the crisis in our system with Watergate. It is absolutely crucial for the United States, and for that matter for the world, for this presidency, for the Republicans, for the Democrats and for our nation at large, that we get to the bottom of this.feedback

Paul Waldman

As the Russia scandal swirls around the White House, it’s easy to make facile comparisons to Watergate, the worst presidential scandal in American history. The Russia scandal is not Watergate, at least not yet. But it’s getting closer all the time, in ways that are becoming impossible to deny.feedback

Mark W. Warner

Clearly, it would be very, very troubling if the President of the United States is interfering in investigations that affect potentially the President and his closest associates. We've known since Watergate rules of the road that [a] president shouldn't intervene in an ongoing investigation. It would be unthinkable if the President actually did what was reported.feedback

John McCain

We are going through a rough period. We really are, and for me to tell you that we aren't, politically, is not fair. But we've gone through other troubled times. I can remember Watergate scandal and how it brought down a president. I'm not suggesting that's going to happen to this president, but we are in a scandal, and every few drops another shoe drops from this centipede, and we've got to get through that.feedback

Bob Woodward

We need to calm it down and listen more. Be on the surface respectful, but never stop the inquiry. In Watergate, when Nixon fired the special prosecutor (Archibald Cox), there was a mountain of evidence against him. We are not at the Watergate level yet by any means.feedback

Rod Rosenstein

Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result.feedback

Jim Carrey

It's like the Big Bang of comedy, . Nixon, Watergate, the impeachment, all that stuff was happening back then. There was a need to tell the truth and cut through the baloney, and so it created this phenomenon that populated the comedy cosmos. We were passing a joint one night, and he said, Careful with that, I don't remember 40 years of my life. I really got close to him for a while. He was so encouraging, such an amazing person.feedback

John Oliver

Wait, no politician has been treated worse? Abraham Lincoln was shot by an actor. William McKinley was shot by an anarchist. JFK was, of course, murdered by Ted Cruz's father. And James Garfield was shot, then to find the bullet, Alexander Graham Bell devised a kind of metal detector, which didn't work, so doctors tried to fish around in his guts for the bullet with unwashed fingers, which just made his infection worse, so he died in horrible pain. But yeah, Alec Baldwin sometimes does a mean impression of you on TV. So yeah, it's basically the same, isn't it?feedback

John Oliver

It's like the centipede that keeps dropping shoes. But it's real, and people wear shoes, so the Trump administration is really more The Human Centipede in terms of the amount of shit passing through it and how nauseating watching it really is.feedback

Morris Whitted

Have you been seeing what's been going on with Trump? You remember Watergate? We could be living through another Watergate.feedback

John Mitchell

I was just preserving the two-party system.feedback

Robert Bauer

For Trump, at this point, social media isn't helping – it's an accelerant. I think the Watergate example is overused, and we don't know where all of this will lead, but just think about the slower pace of that investigation. It took a long time for people to know what Nixon was thinking and feeling. Then they heard those tapes. Nixon's fortunes declined markedly when people heard it all in real time – all those four-letter words, his disrespect for institutions, his crudity. Trump is tweeting all of this in real time. Just think about that. He's creating tapes with those tweets.feedback

Sam Stovall - Standard & Poor's

I don't think Watergate is the appropriate comparison. In 1974, [stocks] were already in a bear market that ultimately almost fell 50 percent. It's the uncertainty that's causing investors to sell out of stocks right now.feedback

Josh Chafetz

It'd be hard for him to go after Trump directly for all sorts of reasons. But he could do an awful lot of damage to Trump without ever filing charges against Trump. Remember: In Watergate, [President Richard] Nixon was named as an unindicted co-conspirator, but none of the special prosecutors actually tried to indict Nixon.feedback

Jeanine Piro

This is the biggest cover up since Watergate, a story no one wants to talk about. We have impeached a president for lying about sex with an intern. A president resigned in the face of certain impeachment for covering up a burglary. Why wouldn't we impeach this president for not protecting and defending Americans in the bloodbath known as Benghazi?feedback

Eric Holder

As long as his character is appropriately defined and he is properly resourced, this is a good move.feedback

Adam Kinzinger

It's fine but there's absolutely no need for it...In Watergate, there was a crime. In the (Monica) Lewinsky case, there was a crime. There's no crime here.feedback

Thomas Perriello

A lot of Democratic voters and a lot of independents right now want to figure out a constitutional process for impeaching Donald Trump. We're talking about, now, something that makes Watergate look like child's play.feedback

John McCain

We've seen this movie before. I think it's reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale and a couple of other scandals that you and I have seen. It's a centipede, and the shoe continues to drop. I have no idea on that - come on. Get it all out. It's not going to be over until every aspect of it is thoroughly examined and the American people have made a judgment. And the longer you delay, the longer it's going to last.feedback

John McCain

All I can do is judge the situation as it is. Every day, we are all surprised by some other twist and turn of this issue so I can only respond now and now I do not think that is a rational approach. We've seen this movie before. It's reaching Watergate size and scale. . . . This is not good for the country.feedback

John McCain

It's just another scandal that unfortunately continues every – it's now accelerating. Watergate took months. This thing seems to be taking hours.feedback

John McCain

I think it's reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale. It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president. We're going to follow the facts wherever they may lead.feedback

Richard Blumenthal

There is a second way, and that was the procedure that was established right after Watergate.feedback

Art Cashin

But if he begins to suffer any sizable defections among the Republicans, that's a problem. Back in the Watergate days, it was [then-Sen.] Howard Baker that stepped across the line and that's when Nixon knew he was in trouble.feedback

John McCain

We've seen this movie before. I think it's reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale… it's a centipede that the shoe continues to drop. Every couple of days, there's a new aspect of this really unhappy situation… None of us, no matter what our political leanings are, no matter how we feel about Trump, feel this is not good for America.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

The latest revelations that Trump tried to shut down the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn could be the ‘smoking gun’ that spells the end for the president. First there were the uncomfortable similarities. Then there were some striking echoes. Now, with the revelation that Donald Trump asked the director of the FBI to shut down an investigation into his former national security adviser, the parallels with Watergate are becoming uncanny – and full of foreboding for the beleaguered president.feedback

John McCain

We've seen this movie before. The shoes continue to drop, and every couple days there's a new aspect.feedback

Douglas Charles

He was doing that because Nixon appointed a sycophant, L. Patrick Gray, as FBI director. He wasn't leaking out of some sympathy for Woodward and Bernstein or Watergate, but for his own interests – to undermine Gray.feedback

Bob Woodward

In the Trump case, there's a lot of suspicion – genuine, well-founded suspicion. But no John Dean testifying … no comparable evidence trail where there'd be suggestions of a secret taping system or a source of absolutely foolproof evidence.feedback

Michael Waldman

This has every appearance of a brazen cover-up, a possible act of obstruction of justice, just as much as Richard Nixon firing the Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in October 1973. That's the only comparable historical precedent. That led to a constitutional crisis and a public outpouring of anger.feedback

Jim Cramer

These moves are in broad contrast to the worries and the fears that I hear from so many of the professional money managers and, of course, other rich people who have a lot to lose. Overall it's a simple takeaway. I'm not whistling past the graveyard of a possible second Watergate. I'm not dismissing troubles that some people classify as threats to the Republic. I am saying that what does Jim Comey have to do with the price of semiconductors Nvidia sells?feedback

Richard Painter

Of course it's worse than Watergate. [In] Watergate, we didn't have a foreign power, much less the Russians, conducting espionage inside the United States. That's what we had in 2016. The president cannot fire the FBI director while he's being investigated by the FBI director.feedback

Bob Woodward

There are now stories that the grand jury is looking at this … Whether it's going to be done properly, aggressively, we're going to have to see.feedback

Kirsten Gillibrand

No more excuses. We need an independent special prosecutor to investigate the Trump Administration's ties to Russia.feedback

Brian Schatz

The arguments against establishing a Special Prosecutor were weak in the first place. They have now evaporated.feedback

Bob Woodward

Indeed there are comparisons. This is a remarkable moment. It's not something to take lightly. The circumstances, in fairness, are also quite different. And eventually there were more tapes. The Supreme Court forced Nixon to turn those over and that ended the reign.feedback

Edward J. Markey

President Trump's firing of Director Comey sets a deeply alarming precedent as multiple investigations into possible Trump campaign or administration collusion with Russia remain ongoing, including an FBI investigation. This episode is disturbingly reminiscent of the Saturday Night Massacre during the Watergate scandal and the national turmoil that it caused. We are careening ever closer to a Constitutional crisis, and this development only underscores why we must appoint a special prosecutor to fully investigate any dealings the Trump campaign or administration had with Russia.feedback

Richard Painter

The president has the right to do it – legally he can do it – but it's an abuse of power. It's what President Nixon did when he fired Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, and Nixon had to go through three attorneys general to do it – he had to fire two attorneys general for refusing to fire Cox.feedback

Richard Painter

The attorney general was also part of the contacts made by the Trump campaign with Russia. The attorney general lied about that to the Senate at his confirmation hearing. This time around the attorney general is [involved] in it himself, and he went along with this and he may have encouraged it, so we have a clear abuse of power. I think they need to have a hearing. That's what the House Judiciary Committee did with Nixon, and I think we've reached more than enough incriminating evidence [of] abuse of power that the House Judiciary Committee ought to start the process.feedback

Charles C. W. Cooke

I'm not going to credit theories about Watergate-level conspiracies without evidence, and my friend is. That's the line that divides us.feedback

Corey Booker

The president of the United States just fired the person who was investigating his campaign, which should set off alarm bells across the country. The last time a presidential firing raised this many questions, America was in the middle of the Watergate crisis.feedback

Lawrence Douglas

The Russians need no longer expend their energies trying to subvert the integrity of our political system. Now they have the US president to do that job. A brazen attack on the rule of law. There is no other way to describe President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Recalling the dismissal of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania, rightly called the act “Nixonian.” But it is more than that.feedback

Richard Blumenthal

The need for a special prosecutor is now crystal clear. President Trump has catastrophically compromised the FBI's ongoing investigation of his own White House's ties to Russia. Not since Watergate have our legal systems been so threatened, and our faith in the independence and integrity of those systems so shaken. The only way to restore faith in a non-political, non-partisan FBI is to appoint an independent special prosecutor.feedback

James Comey - FBI

That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts.feedback

Larry Hogan Jr.

While the travesties of Watergate were perpetrated outside the regular channels of Republican Party organizations, they were all committed by Republicans for the benefit of a Republican president. Do we want to be the party loyalists who in ringing rhetoric condemn the wrongdoings and scandals of the Democratic Party and excuse them when they are done by Republicans?feedback

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

The media has a long history of speaking truth to power with purloined or leaked material - Jack Anderson's reporting on the CIA's enlistment of the Mafia to kill Fidel Castro; the Providence Journal-Bulletin's release of President Richard Nixon's stolen tax returns; the New York Times' publication of the stolen 'Pentagon Papers'; and The Post's tenacious reporting of Watergate leaks, to name a few. I hope historians place WikiLeaks' publications in this pantheon. Yet there are widespread calls to prosecute me.feedback

Hillary Clinton

I do not want any Republican candidate to be subjected to what I was subjected to… I don't want anybody running campaigns to have their communications stolen. It was a more effective theft even than Watergate. We are not going to let somebody sitting in the Kremlin, with bots and trolls, try to mix up our election. We have got to end that and we have to make sure that is a bipartisan, American commitment.feedback

Jann S. Wenner

All that kind of trapped him, between the fame and the drugs. After the election and Watergate, he wrote small things for us. But he'd miss flights and never turn anything in.feedback

Ed Rogers

It is said that Watergate wasn’t about the crime, but about the coverup. Well, at least in the Watergate scandal, there was a proper crime - specifically, the break-in and wiretapping. The media hasn’t even settled on what to call its quest for a potentially nefarious Russia-Trump link. The whole pursuit is vaguely referred to as looking at President Trump’s “links, ” “ties, ” “associations” or “contacts” with Russia. Since this is Washington, let’s give it an acronym: L-TACs. With no end in sight, the manic pursuit of L-TACs has produced a basket of denials, lies, half-baked plots, evasions, one-off non sequiturs, side tracks, conspiracies and suspicions between the Trump administration, Democrats and the media. The frenzy has created a scandal without perpetrators or a crime. There is a sense that Washington is on the brink, but no one can say on the brink of what.feedback

John Oliver

Devin took what appears to be an unnecessary trip to tell what appears to be unimportant news to what may have been the source of the news itself, . So what Nunes brought to light has turned out to be a bunch of smoke and mirrors as convoluted as it is pointless. Truly, it is the Now You See Me of revelations. But wait, because Stupid Watergate found a way to get even stupider. Because the surveillance Nunes was studying concerned the Trump transition team, of which one member was, you guessed it, Devin f---ing Nunes.feedback

Donald T. Bliss

In the post-Watergate time, he wanted to take into account the different interests, whether environmental, technological or economic, and to fully explain a decision to the public. Sometimes the way to move forward is to have a demonstration.feedback

Robert Redford

Trump is taking Nixon’s war on the media to new and dangerous heights.feedback

John Dean

It was very interesting that Trump used it against Obama. He thinks it's still powerful.feedback

Robert Dallek

He helped shape Reagan's positive response to women's right to choose and progressive changes in the state tax laws. In Congress, he served with distinction on the House Intelligence Committee. As an ex-congressman, he avoided the sort of money-making avenues that open to so many of them. His was a voice of reason in the era of Vietnam, the Cold War, and Watergate and so much since.feedback

Jill Abramson

Since President Clinton denied the affair for a long time, we chased the secret relationship between Bill and Monica. As a reporting assignment, I actually went to the health club of the Watergate, where Monica was hiding in her mother's apartment, in hopes of interviewing either of them. They never showed up. Staking her out in this manner isn't my proudest moment as a journalist, needless to say.feedback

Stephen Colbert

First he alleges a scandal worse than Watergate then he immediately goes after Schwarzenegger. It's like if Deep Throat told Woodward and Bernstein: 'You know, Nixon's a criminal, and The Six Million Dollar Man isn't real, it's all done with slow motion.feedback

John Oliver

A potential scandal with all the intrigue of Watergate except everyone involved is really bad at everything.feedback

Christopher Ruddy - Newsmax

I spoke with the President twice yesterday about the wiretap story. I haven't seen him this pissed off in a long time. When I mentioned Obama 'denials' about the wiretaps, he shot back: 'This will be investigated, it will all come out. I will be proven right.feedback

John Oliver

I think we can now officially declare that Trump has a worse media diet than the Son of Sam killer – and he got all his news from a talking dog who told him to murder.feedback

Marco Rubio

I have no insight into exactly what he (Mr Trump) is referring to. The president put that out there, and now the White House will have to answer for exactly what he was referring to. What I think we should do is, everybody needs to take a deep breath and calm down here.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump on Saturday angrily accused former president Barack Obama of orchestrating a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap the phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election.feedback

Jennifer Daskal - Human Rights Watch

It's extremely unlikely that there would have been any sort of criminal or intelligence surveillance of Trump. There's no credible evidence yet to suggest that that happened. It would be an extraordinary measure for the FBI to ask for and the court to grant a surveillance order on a presidential candidate of the opposing party in an election year.feedback

Jennifer Daskal - Human Rights Watch

It is extremely dangerous for the president to be suggesting that he was being surveilled for political purposes, when there is absolutely no evidence of that fact.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I'm very worried that our president is suggesting that the former president has done something illegally.feedback

Roger Stone

What the president doesn't understand is he has more power than he knows. He needs to clean house. Just clean house! Hand the pink slips to everybody. . . . Lock them out of their offices and tell the FBI to start going through their emails and phone messages.feedback

Thomas J. Barrack Jr.

He's angry, and he thinks that the leaks – even forgetting the rhetoric on politics – are a significant problem that hurts the security of the country. He feels if he can't rely on his team, if he were negotiating with North Korea on something sensitive and death by a thousand leaks continued, he views that as really being disruptive to the security of America.feedback

Ben Sasse

We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust, and the President's allegations today demand the thorough and dispassionate attention of serious patriots.feedback

Bruce Green

It would obviously be improper for the government to seek wiretap authorization for partisan political purposes, rather than legitimate criminal investigative or national security purposes as set out in the application to the court. In prior administrations, if a President directed the Attorney General or another government lawyer to seek wiretap authorization for illegitimate reasons, the lawyer would have been expected to try to dissuade the President and, if the President persisted in giving this order, to refuse and/or resign.feedback

Clint Watts

They deliberately withhold that because they don't want the president to get involved in an ongoing investigation. They play by a really strict rulebook at DoJ.feedback

Bruce Green

An ethical government lawyer would be expected to disclose the President's involvement to the court, which could then be expected to deny authorization.feedback

Ali Soufan - FBI

The president cannot order criminal wiretaps or any other kind of wiretaps. No president can.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

The other part of it is the possibility of perjury, which is punishable by law for anybody else. Certainly we should have that be standard for the highest-ranking law enforcement person in our country.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

So this recusal is an admission that something went on but it's not sufficient. There are two things. One is the recusal as a surrogate of then candidate Trump's campaign and having communication with the Russian government knowing they were hacking our system. That's what the recusal is about, however narrow it is.feedback

Richard Blumenthal

I'd like him to explain what was said during that September 8 meeting. And what came of it, and also what other meetings there may have been, because if he misled us as to that meeting, what other meetings might he also have failed to disclose?feedback

Sarah Sanders

I guess it's kind of lost on me where that would be newsworthy in any capacity. I mean Chuck Schumer sitting and having drinks with Putin and that's not a news story, but apparently a volunteer for a campaign bumping into [an ambassador] at a conference where there's, again, dozens of other ambassadors is newsworthy?feedback

Robert Shapiro

We are now getting further evidence of how the Trump administration and its officials may have been engaging in a cover-up of serious misdeeds, much like how Watergate slowly unravelled during the Nixon administration.feedback

Robert Kelly

There's no popular leader on the right... I would be shocked if the left didn't walk away [from the election] victorious. This will be similar to the U.S. Democrats winning after Watergate. I would be surprised if Ban Ki-moon can overcome the disdain for Saenuri.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office… this is bigger than Watergate.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Hillary is so corrupt she got kicked off the Watergate commission. How corrupt do you have to be to get kicked off the Watergate commission?feedback

Glen Caplin

There is no getting around it: Donald Trump is cheering on a Russian attempt to influence our election through a crime reminiscent of Watergate but on a more massive scale. We're witnessing another effort to steal private campaign documents in order to influence an election. Only this time, instead of filing cabinets, it's people's emails they're breaking into and a foreign government is behind it.feedback

Gilberto Hinojosa

It's no coincidence someone is hacking into Democratic Party computers. It's almost sounding like a repeat of Watergate. This is just the kind of dirty politics we expect from Donald Trump. I have no doubt Donald Trump is behind it.feedback

Ben Bradlee - The Washington Post

People talk to journalists for a reason. It is up to the journalist to understand the reason as best he can and I think that we did understand Mark Felt. He was disturbed by what he saw happening in the White House, what he saw being covered up and he decided to go public.feedback

Rod Blagojevich

By the way, if anybody wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it. I appreciate anybody who wants to tape me openly and notoriously. Those who feel like they want to sneakily and wear taping devices, I would remind them that it kinda smells like Nixon and Watergate.feedback

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