Trump is not the first of them .. a long list of American presidents who were investigated by the FBI

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home has sparked a long history of investigations with or in charge of former US presidents amid sometimes high-profile scandals.

While the search of Trump’s Florida residence marks the first time the FBI has raided the home of a former US president, Trump is not the first (former or current) US president to be investigated by the FBI.

Among US presidents who have faced FBI investigations while in office and not as individuals:

Richard Nixon

On August 8, 1974, Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, resigned to avoid impeachment in connection with the Watergate scandal.

On June 17, 1972, a political crisis erupted in the United States after the arrest of 5 people at the headquarters of the Democratic Party in Washington, when they installed hidden recording devices, Nixon was accused, he resigned and appeared in court.

On January 8, 1973, the assault on Watergate began, and on May 9, 1974, Nixon’s impeachment proceedings began in the House Judiciary Committee.

To avoid impeachment, Nixon delivered a resignation speech, thus becoming the only US president to resign.

Ronald Reagan

The administration of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, who served from 1981 to 1989, faced an investigation into the Iran-Contra scandal involving the covert sale of US weapons to Iran in exchange for the release of Americans being held hostage. in Lebanon by Hezbollah.

The Reagan administration reportedly used money from sales to help insurgents trying to overthrow the Nicaraguan government, which Reagan denied any knowledge of.

The sale of arms to Iran was met with criticism at a time when Iran was subject to an arms embargo by the US government, due in large part to the storming of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979 and the taking of 52 Americans hostage.

Several White House officials, including National Security Council member Colonel Oliver North, were charged in the investigation, but no evidence of Reagan’s involvement was found.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, and his wife Hillary Clinton (later Secretary of State and presidential candidate) were under investigation in the Whitewater scandal involving their real estate investments in southern Arkansas before anyone them reached the Oval Office. in 1993.

And “Whitewater” is an issue that sparked political debate at the domestic American level, and it began with the real estate investment projects of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their partners Jim and Susan McDougall, who founded a company known as (Whitewater Development). ), which filed for bankruptcy in 1970 and 1980.

And the credit for uncovering this scandal belongs to an article published in The New York Times during the 1992 presidential election campaign that claimed that Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary invested and lost money in White Water development.

The Clintons were accused of pressuring a banker in Arkansas to give McDougall an illegal loan, and of obtaining fraudulent money to use in Clinton’s campaign for governor.

U.S. agencies, Congress, and the Special Counsel conducted numerous investigations into these allegations, but the Clintons were cleared of all charges.

And that wasn’t the only time Clinton was investigated, in 1994 he was on a date in a sexual harassment case filed by former Arkansas civil servant Paula Jones, who was involved with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Despite House charges of perjury and obstruction of the judiciary, Clinton was acquitted by the U.S. Senate after being impeached in the Jones and Lewinsky cases in February 1999, after which he served the rest of his second term.

George Bush

George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, served from 2001 to 2009, and some members of his administration faced accusations of leaking the identity of CIA secret agent Valerie Plame to journalist Robert Nova.

Plame and her husband Joseph S. Wilson accused then U.S. President Bush Jr. of exaggerating evidence to justify starting the Iraq War (accusing the then Iraqi government led by President Saddam Hussein of possessing weapons of mass destruction), a claim that has been proven over many years. years.

Several Bush administration officials faced a 22-month investigation into the matter.

In the same case, Lewis Scooter Libby, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, was convicted of lying to federal agents.

No evidence of Bush’s involvement in the Plame case has been found.

Source: agencies

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