Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:48 UTC
By bringing more and more accusations against US President Donald Trump's team, the Democratic Party tries to create preconditions for the President's impeachment, Vladimir Vasiliev, a senior fellow at the Institute of the USA and Canada, believes.
Citing four current and former American officials, The New York Times reported Tuesday that some of Trump's associates allegedly had contacts with Russian intelligence officials.
The media outlet claimed that one of Trump's advisors allegedly spotted communicating with Russian security agents was Paul Manafort. However, Manafort dismissed the allegations dubbing them as "absurd."
"Representatives of the Democratic Party in Congress expressed satisfaction with the resignation of [Donald Trump's national security advisor] Michael Flynn. They stated explicitly that this is only the beginning and that they will conduct a frontal attack against the Trump administration, in particular, its relations with Russia," Vasiliev told RIA Novosti.
In this respect Vasiliev echoes political analyst and Israeli publicist Avigdor Eskin who told Sputnik Tuesday that Flynn's resignation has only whetted the Democrats' appetite.
"By yielding to his adversaries and removing General Flynn President Trump only increased their appetite," Eskin remarked.
"Let us put it straight: the liberal media and some parts of the intelligence community in the US did not go after General Flynn, but after President Trump himself. It appears that the President felt that he was pushed into a 'no choice' situation," the Israeli publicist said.
The expert explained that the President's political adversaries will make efforts to persuade the US public that there was cooperation between Trump's team and the Russians during the election campaign.
"They are doing this in order to paralyze Trump's actions, or even to push him towards impeachment or resignation," Vasiliev said.
In an interview with Sputnik on Wednesday Russian Senator Vladimir Jabbarov shared a similar stance.
Jabbarov believes that US mainstream media speculation over Trump's alleged contacts with Russian intelligence is aimed at impeaching the President.
Vasiliev believes that the Democrats also seek to force Trump into following in Barack Obama's footsteps in his foreign policy towards Russia and Ukraine. They want to extend Obama's sanctions regime against Moscow under Trump and disrupt any attempts to establish a détente with Russia.
It appears that the US President's opponents succeeded in doing this given Trump's recent remarks on Crimea, experts note.
"President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to deescalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at a daily news briefing Tuesday.
"Flynn not real target... Trump's reaction suggests he may well concede to opponents on Russia," political analyst and Carnegie Moscow Center's Director Dmitri Trenin tweeted Wednesday.
"What happened to Flynn is a classic [situation] in the American policy: do not abandon your people, because you could be next. In a certain moment, all your 'king's men' could abandon you," Vasiliev said, adding that White House spokesman Sean Spicer has also been subjected to attacks from Trump's political opponents.
For his part, Eskin also believes that Flynn's ouster seems to be a "gross mistake" on Trump's part.
"I am deeply convinced that if Trump doesn't stand this siege and starts taking away bricks from his own ideological building, he will not keep his position," Eskin warned.
"I will dare to say that first of all President Trump should find out who the people behind the illegal leaks of classified information regarding the conversations of General Flynn with the Russian Ambassador were," the Israeli publicist noted.
Commenting on the clouds gathering on Trump's horizon, Vasiliev drew historical parallels between the ongoing anti-Trump campaign and the 1974 impeachment of former US President Richard Nixon.
"Nixon was isolated, a negative opinion about him was created among [Americans], his own party and close associates forced Nixon to resign," Vasiliev recalled.
The question then arises whether Trump will be able to avoid the Democrats' trap and at what cost.
Comment: What makes this comparison all the more apt is the evidence suggesting Nixon was set up for impeachment by members of the Washington Establishment. While Trump is widely considered to be busy pursuing foreign and domestic policies at odds with Washington, Nixon was paranoid and power hungry, and burned a few too many bridges.
According to Russ Baker in his exhaustive study of the Bush Family, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years, the Watergate break-in, and related break-ins by the same crew, were carried out by the CIA without Nixon's foreknowledge:
How could Nixon have so quickly gotten a fix on the Watergate crew? He might have recognized that the involvement of this particular group of Cubans, together with E. Howard Hunt - and the evidence tying them back to the White House - was in part a message to him. One of the group leaders, G. Gordon Liddy, would even refer to the team as a bunch of "professional killers." Indeed, several of this Bay of Pigs circle had gone to Vietnam to participate in the assassination-oriented Phoenix Program; as noted in chapter 7, Poppy Bush and his colleague, CIA operative Thomas Devine, had been in Vietnam at the peak of Phoenix, and Bush had ties to at least some from this emigre group. So Nixon recognized this tough gang, but this time, they weren't focused on Fidel Castro; they were focused on Dick Nixon. (p. 179)Quickly realizing the hand of the CIA in the mess, Nixon would state in conversation with his aides that the FBI would have to call off the investigation, for fear of opening up a larger 'can of worms'. This conversation would be taped, and Nixon's order to call off an investigation, taken out of context, would be used to convince the public that he was complicit in both the break-ins and a cover-up.
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