Robert H. Bork

Witcover: Watergate deja vu

Witcover: Watergate deja vu

It's said that those who ignore the lessons of history are destined to repeat its mistakes. In a remarkably uncanny way, Donald Trump is guilty of duplicating the political follies of presidential predecessor Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal of 45 years ago that drove him from the Oval Office.

Nixon's efforts to thwart the investigation against him by firing special prosecutor Archibald Cox led to obstruction of justice charges, bringing him to the brink of impeachment and forcing his resignation. Mr. Trump now finds himself accused of similar obstruction of investigations that could lead to another presidential removal.

The Washington Post, whose young reporters Carl...