• “Dirty tricks” was a term used to describe the behavior of operatives within the Nixon administration to smear the reputations of opponents and undermine the appeal of certain politicians. Fifty years ago, these dirty tricks included a false allegation that Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson (D-Wash.) had fathered an illegitimate child with a 17-year-old girl and the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters at thWatergate complex in Washington, DC, when Nixon aides and operatives attempted to find materials the Nixon team could use against his perceived “enemies.”
  • Dirty tricks are not to be confused with negative campaigning, which at least has some component of truth, but a filing by special counsel John Durham that alleges the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton paid a technology company to “spy” — the word Donald Trump uses — on his presidential campaign, goes beyond dirty tricks into the illegal.
  • A New York Post editorial summed up the matter: “A candidate for president (Hillary Clinton) weaponized the nation’s Justice Department to pursue an investigation into their political opponent based on what they knew were lies. Americans were wiretapped! Some were entrapped for flimsy claims of perjury. The director of the FBI (Comey) went into the Oval Office to tell the president that there was a sexual rumor floating around, so that it could be promptly leaked to the media. ‘Outrageous’ doesn’t cover it.”
  • Durham has only scraped the surface of what could, if proven, be the biggest scandal in American political history, and that’s saying something, given past political behavior by members of both parties.
  • Will the grand jury that is being presented this information issue indictments of higher-ups? Will the powerful and connected finally be held accountable when so many have escaped accountability in the past? News consumers may have to search for their information in other places than the major media because so far they are engaging in a coverup that resembles what Richard Nixon did.

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