The New Yorker’s latest cartoon depicts the ghost of former President Richard Nixon paying President Donald Trump a late-night visit in a nod to recent speculation by pundits and some Democrats that the administration’s contact with Russian officials could be the start of a new Watergate-style controversy.
The cartoon, by artist Tom Toro, appeared on the New Yorker’s website on Thursday, and shows Nixon’s specter trying to advise Trump.
Speculation over the Trump administration’s ties have swirled in political circles, since the revelation that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned Monday, discussed sanctions against Russia with that country’s U.S. ambassador prior to Trump’s inauguration.
Critics have been questioning “what the president knew and when he knew it” ― a famous mantra during the Watergate hearings of 1973, after a break-in at the Democratic National Committee’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and subsequent cover-up attempts led to Nixon’s resignation.
Other members of Trump’s team have also been accused of “constant communication” with Russian officials throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.
Famed journalist Dan Rather compared the controversy to the event that led to Nixon’s resignation, writing on Facebook that “Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now.”
“We may look back and see, in the end, that it is at least as big as Watergate,” he wrote. “It may become the measure by which all future scandals are judged. It has all the necessary ingredients, and that is chilling.”
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article said the Watergate hearings were held in 1972. They began in 1973.
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