Former National Intelligence Director Claims Watergate "Pales In Comparison" To Trump Russia Scandal

The ex-spy chief says the situation is unprecedented

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Many are keen to weigh in on how long Trump will last in office, but this is one person whose opinion on the President's potential impeachment you'll probably want to hear.

James Clapper, the former US director of national intelligence, has claimed that the unfolding Trump Russia scandal is a more grave situation than Nixon's infamous Watergate scandal of the seventies.

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In a speech and Q&A with Australia's National Press Club on Wednesday, Clapper commented that the situation was unprecedented in modern times. "I lived through Watergate, I was on active duty then in the Air Force, I was a young officer, it was a scary time," he said.

"I have to say though, I think if you compare the two, Watergate pales really in my view compared to what we're confronting now."

Clapper stressed the importance of fully investigating the issue saying it is: "absolutely crucial for the United States, and for that matter for the world, for this presidency, for the Republicans, for the Democrats and for our nation at large, that we get to the bottom of this".

He went on to describe America sharing intelligence with Putin as "very problematic" and referred to Trump's decision to fire FBI boss James Comey as "egregious and inexcusable".

The speech will give hope for those eagerly anticipating Comey's testimony tomorrow when the fired FBI director will give evidence into the Russia case to determine whether Trump's campaign colluded with the Russian officials interfering in the election.

Comey is expected to be questioned on whether Trump asked him to end a probe into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and if he was fired for failing to show loyalty to the President.

Popcorn at the ready...