When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal

And it’s not a Trump quote

President Donald Trump has shown disdain for due process and democracy since his election. More like a dictator than a democratically elected and accountable public servant, he has tried to ride roughshod over anybody and anything that gets in his way, whether that relates to his political agenda or his own personal business agenda. And in the opinions of many people, he has already performed several impeachable activities.

During his short tenure, he has shocked people multiple times.

And his recent comment that he has an “absolute right” to share with Russia “facts pertaining to terrorism and flight safety” might lead readers to suspect that President Trump is the source of the title of this post. But he is not.

In fact the source is another president that courted substantial controversy. Namely, President Richard Nixon, aka Tricky Dick or Tricky Dicky. The quote comes from a TV interview with David Frost first broadcast on 19 May 1977:

https://www.youtube.com/watch/v=DHiHN3IJ_j8A

This interview was conducted more than two and a half years after his resignation to avoid almost certain impeachment.

Another Tricky Dicky quotes that sound just like a Trump tweet:

People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. (While Nixon might not have been indicted, his tax lawyer went to prison.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxeFMHyOx3I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faVSLdcqxJs

Trump was the only major presidential candidate to not submit tax return details. During the campaign he said that he would release his tax returns following their audits. Now he states that he has no intention of ever making them public.

Trumps approval rating has fallen faster than stocks on October 19, 1987. The Russia story just acquires new dimensions on an almost daily basis. A sizable minority is calling for impeachment. At VoxSapiens there’s no way that we would bet on Trump surviving his full term.

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