Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a Democratic presidential contender, compared President Trump‘s handling of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Watergate, saying both instances pointed to a coverup.
“I just keep thinking about Watergate, because you had a president who was paranoid, who was facing an election, who wanted to get dirt on his political opponents,” Klobuchar told host Greta Van Susteren in an interview that aired Sunday on “Full Court Press.”
“Sounds exactly the same,” she continued. “In Nixon’s case, they did it with a crowbar, or whatever. They broke into the DNC headquarters and got the information out of a file cabinet. Well, this time you’ve got a president who’s looking at all corners of the world to dig up dirt through foreign powers.”
“There’s an argument it is even worse because he’s messing around with national security. Then you had a cover-up with the Nixon administration, and you have the beginnings of a cover-up here where they’re trying to hide the calls on this server. That’s what this is about,” she said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced earlier this month that House Democrats were launching an impeachment inquiry into Trump amid allegations raised by a whistleblower that he encouraged Ukraine’s president to investigate into former Vice President Joe Biden and then placed the transcripts of a call between the leaders on a highly classified server.
Attorney Andrew P. Bakaj confirmed on Sunday that his firm is representing a whistleblower related to a complaint about Trump’s interactions with Ukraine.
Trump criticized the second whistleblower, claiming on Twitter that the individual is a member of the deep state and is working to undermine his presidency.
The first so-called second hand information “Whistleblower” got my phone conversation almost completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another “Whistleblower” is coming in from the Deep State, also with second hand info. Meet with Shifty. Keep them coming!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2019