President Donald Trump echoed Richard Nixon at Tuesday’s State of the Union as he called for an end to the numerous investigations into him and his associates.
"An economic miracle is taking place in the United States," Trump said Tuesday. "And the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations."
“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” he added. “It just doesn't work that way!"
Many viewers were reminded for Nixon’s call in his final State of the Union in 1974, just months before he was forced to resign over Watergate.
"I would like to add a personal word with regard to an issue that has been of great concern to all Americans over the past year. I refer, of course, to the investigations of the so-called Watergate affair," Nixon said in the speech.
"As you know, I have provided to the special prosecutor voluntarily a great deal of material. I believe that I have provided all the material that he needs to conclude his investigations and to proceed to prosecute the guilty and to clear the innocent,” he said. "I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of this matter to an end. One year of Watergate is enough."
Investigations multiplying, not ending:
Trump’s call certainly won’t do anything to put an end to the House Democrats’ plans to launch oversight investigations into every aspect of Trump’s existence, but more importantly, the number of investigations into his administration, campaign, inauguration, and businesses appears to only be growing.
Federal prosecutors in New York issued subpoenas to the Trump campaign committee in search of potential illegal foreign contributions. Investigators are looking into possible possible conspiracy to defraud the United States, mail fraud, false statements, wire fraud and money laundering.
Roger Stone was indicted just days ago, joining fellow Trump campaign advisers and associates Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen is headed to jail for three years after pleading guilty to a host of federal charges and is expected to testify before the House Intelligence Committee later this month.
Trump himself is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice in the case as part of the Mueller probe and faces potential campaign finance violations charges in New York in regards to his hush payments to alleged former mistresses, The Washington Post reported.
His business is under fire too. His longtime COO was granted immunity for his testimony and prosecutors in New York, Maryland, and DC are looking at whether Trump is illegally profiting off the presidency. New York Attorney General Letitia James also vowed to open an investigation into a New York Times report that Trump’s family used a tax scheme to pass on hundreds of millions in wealth.
Trump’s charity, the Trump Foundation, was shut down after prosecutors alleged it was being used for personal and political purposes. His Trump University was ordered to pay $25 million to students who said they were defrauded.