In an interview with “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” former CBS evening news anchor Dan Rather compared the size of Watergate to the investigation into the Trump’s campaign possible ties to Russia . “In size and scope, this has the potential to be worse than Watergate,” Rather said.
Rather, who has been a big critic of Trump from the start of his campaign, then added that the naming of a special counselor to oversee the investigation is pivotal.
“This is why today is so important,” Rather said. “This is the day that we came to realize in the breadth and depth of this investigation, it’s as least as important as Watergate, if not more so.”
On Wednesday, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named a special counsel to oversee the investigation. The decision made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein received bipartisan support in Washington.
Rather recently said the president has a “willful disregard for the rule of law,” and has criticized journalists who have given “positive” coverage of Trump’s presidency, namely the those who called him “presidential” after the Syrian missile strike.
Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from March 9, 1981, to March 9, 2005. He also contributed to CBS’s 60 Minutes. Rather became embroiled in controversy about a false news report he pushed involving President George W. Bush’s Vietnam-era service in the National Guard. He eventually stepped down after his credibility was destroyed.
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