Veteran journalist and CBS news anchor Dan Rather is no friend of corrupt politicians. Rather is known for posting thoughtful and cogent opinion pieces on current events and today was no exception. In the wake of the ongoing scandal involving Jeff Sessions lying to the Senate under oath, Rather published a lengthy Facebook post in which he comments on the enormity of this development.
Rather notes how rare such a scandal is in Washington, and rarer still are scandals such as the one involving President Donald Trump and Russia, which could have the potential to bring down the Trump administration. Read Rather’s post below:
Every once in a while in Washington, the fuse is lit for what seems to be a big scandal. Much more rarely does that fuse lead to an explosion of the magnitude we are seeing with Russia and the new Administration, and frankly the Republicans in Congress. How can anybody say, with all this billowing smoke and sights of actual flames, that here is no need to at least independently investigate whether a fire is burning down the very .pillars of our democracy?
The pressure is obviously starting to mount as leading Republicans are now calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. This comes in the wake of serious and credible evidence reported by a vigilant press that the Attorney General, mind you the top law enforcement man in the United States, perjured himself in testimony to the Senate about meeting the Russian ambassador during the election. Sessions is but the latest person close to President Trump who seems to be ensnared in a story that is more worthy of Hollywood melodrama than the reality of the governance of our country. Democrats are calling for Sessions to resign, and this story could move very quickly.
We are well past the time for any political niceties or benefits of the doubt. We need an independent and thorough investigation of Russia’s meddling in our democracy and its ties to the President and his allies. We don’t know what we don’t know. Perhaps there are perfectly innocuous reasons for why Mr Trump won’t release his tax returns, why he has continued to speak admirably about President Putin and why his aides and advisors seem to be so close to Russia. That’s why we need an investigation. If the air is to be cleared, it needs to be cleared. And if there is deep rot, it needs to be exposed. And quickly.
The press is doing an admirable job. But there is only so much it can do without such things as subpoena powers. Let’s just make this clear. This is about a foreign and hostile power trying to influence our election while being in contact with close aides to the presidential campaign that the Kremlin wanted to win. Furthermore, there are serious questions about Mr Trump’s longstanding ties to Russian money and influence peddlers. We don’t know where this might go, but it isn’t going away.
Rather is absolutely right that an independent investigation needs to be commissioned. Republicans like Sessions are trying with all their might to hinder the course of justice, and they need to be removed from the equation so that the American people can get answers and quickly, before corrupt Republicans and Trump staffers have a chance to cover their tracks. At the end of the day, the Trump-Russia scandal is a bipartisan issue, because this is not about the Republicans winning and the Democrats losing. This is about a hostile foreign nation meddling in America’s democratic process for their own strategic gain and getting away with it.
Never in American history has such a brazen and insidious assault on our country gone uninvestigated and unpunished. Imagine if the government just hadn’t bothered to investigate 9/11, simply because it wasn’t politically expedient? We need answers now!