According to former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw, Democrats are still missing “the goods” that they would need to have on President Donald Trump in order to have “the same kind of clarity” the party did in the 1970s, which led to former President Nixon’s resignation, The Hill reported.
Brokaw’s comments came on Tuesday as Democrats ramp up their efforts in Trump’s impeachment inquiry, which has been so often compared with Nixon’s departure from office. The former anchor covered Watergate as a White House correspondent in 1973.
“The big difference is … they still don’t have what you would have the goods on this president in terms of breaking the law and being an impeachable target for them,” Brokaw told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday afternoon according to The Hill.
“They’re going to start the process but they don’t have the same kind of clarity that the people who were opposed to Richard Nixon had because it was so clear that these were criminal acts he was involved in.”
“The smoking gun tape, the Oval Office tapes, that kind of hard evidence of criminality to bring down a president who was successful in the Middle East, who was successful with the breakthrough to China, Vietnam is a whole other issue,” Mitchell noted.
“And don’t forget about the first Russian SALT talks, you know, ones he opened up and got them going,” Brokaw said before later adding, “There are no more taping systems in the Oval Office.”
“That we know of,” Mitchell replied.
“That we know of,” Brokaw echoed.
The exchange came on the heels of Democrats Tuesday announcement that they plan to begin to bring hearings to the public after several weeks of closed-door witness testimony, which was met with frustration from Republicans who have demanded more transparency from the angered party..
Written by Savannah Pointer.