Americans are as focused on the Russia investigation "as they were on Watergate in the final days," former Nixon aide Patrick Buchanan told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.
"The lynch mob is almost as rabid now," Buchanan, the former Republican presidential candidate told "The Howie Carr Show" in an interview that occurred on the 43rd anniversary of President Richard Nixon's resignation.
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"But by 1974, it was two years and two months after the break-in" at the Watergate Hotel, "and you had all kinds of folks fired and indicted and convicted and gone to prison.
"Everybody, the whole Watergate crowd, had been convicted within the first year," Buchanan said.
By contrast, with Russia, "the FBI's been investigating a year. They said they knew the first day the Russians had done the hacking.
"But in one year, they haven't been able to trace it to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin or the Kremlin or Trump's campaign."
"You've got this machine that is working to dig and dig and dig and roam through the West Wing and Trump's history," Buchanan said.
"To dig up something where they can find what they would call criminal acts, filing wrong statements, misleading people, not telling the truth — where they can really almost paralyze his White House and eventually bring him down."
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