Trump Ukraine Fracas Echoes Nixon, Clinton Campaign-Law Scandals

Bloomberg Government

Trump’s case is murkier than past episodes because previous presidents knew better than to ask for such favors, said Trevor Potter, a Republican former FEC commissioner who now heads the nonprofit watchdog Campaign Legal Center. He cited the example of a memo written by James Baker in 1992, when he was chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush. According to the memo, as reported by the New York Times, Baker said “we absolutely could not” contact Russia or Britain to ask for negative information about Bill Clinton, who was then Bush’s opponent in a presidential race Bush ultimately lost.

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