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Has Trump Just Experienced the Beginning of Watergate 2.0?

| Nov. 01, 2017

There's no smoking gun just yet. But the Trump-Russia scandal has the potential to spark an even more damaging US constitutional crisis than Watergate

For those watching the Russia-Trump investigation being led by US special counsel Robert Mueller, this week's revelations feel like a watershed: Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was indicted on 12 felony charges, including tax evasion and conspiracy against the United States. The last time this occurred was in 1974, when president Nixon’s campaign manager was indicted. Hitherto faint historical echoes of Watergate are now becoming deafening. The question is whether history will repeat itself and follow the pattern of Watergate—or, maybe, produce an even worse constitutional crisis....

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For Academic Citation: Walton, Calder.“Has Trump Just Experienced the Beginning of Watergate 2.0?.” Prospect, November 1, 2017.