John McCain says Trump scandals are of 'Watergate scale and size'

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The Arizona Republican's statement came at an International Republican Institute dinner on Tuesday night, with political commentator Ana Navarro and others reporting what McCain said.

John Dean, counselor to former President Richard Nixon and a key figure in the Watergate scandal, says the latest developments surrounding President Donald Trump look familiar. "And every couple of days, there's a new aspect of this really unhappy situation".

The White House denied the report, while the Times said then-FBI Director James Comey wrote memos after every meeting and phone call with Trump to provide a paper trail of his attempts to influence the investigation.

When asked by former Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer if he had any advice to offer Trump, McCain encouraged the president to "get it all out".

"He says there's a difference between "'Hey, Flynn's a good guy, it would be nice if you cut him a break" as opposed to "I'm the president. Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey called the Comey episode "disturbingly reminiscent" of Nixon's so-called Saturday Night Massacre ... while Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal told the New York Times, "Not since Watergate have our legal systems been so threatened and our faith in the independence and integrity of those systems so shaken".

"What's kind of sad about all this is you have such a strong national security team in this most risky time", he said. For example, when it was reported on Monday that Donald Trump revealed classified information in a meeting with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister, McCain did not compare this to Watergate.

McCain is the highest-profile Republican to criticize the president in this way.

His comments come after allegations US President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian Federation, which was followed by reports Trump had asked then-FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating ousted adviser Michael Flynn. The memo's release comes on the heels of Trump's decision to fire Comey last Tuesday.

Some Republicans are voicing support for President Donald Trump following a report that the president asked James Comey to stop an FBI investigation. Some Democrats, meanwhile, are calling for impeachment. But from Trump's perspective, the tweet makes ideal sense, since it creates the appearance that he is confident he did not say anything embarrassing and might make Comey think twice about "leaking to the press".

"They don't want to get too far out over their skis, either attacking or defending him", Gabriel said.

Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema suggested in a tweet that possible "next steps" could include a public hearing and access to Comey's memos.

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