Trump brings us Echoes of Watergate


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❝ In dramatically casting aside James B. Comey, President Trump fired the man who may have helped make him president — and the man who potentially most threatened the future of his presidency.

Not since Watergate has a president dismissed the person leading an investigation bearing on him, and Mr. Trump’s decision late Tuesday afternoon drew instant comparisons to the Saturday Night Massacre when President Richard M. Nixon ordered the firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor looking into the so-called third-rate burglary that would eventually bring Nixon down.

❝ “With or without Mr. Comey, the F.B.I. will continue to investigate the 2016 campaign as it relates to Russian intervention,” said Timothy Naftali, a former director of the Richard M. Nixon presidential library. “This is another kind of mistake. Unless Attorney General Sessions can prove malfeasance or gross negligence by Comey, the timing of this action further deepens suspicions that President Trump is covering up something.”

RTFA for short, broad coverage of today’s events. The criminal continues to try to paper over the investigation into his own syndicate.

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12 thoughts on “Trump brings us Echoes of Watergate

  1. eideard says:

    BTW, I’ll say the same thing I said when Nixon fired Cox. It stinks on ice. No doubt there will be fools who accept Trump’s tale of woe. Which is why they are called fools.

  2. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas as part of the ongoing probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report. http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/fbi/332670-grand-jury-subpoenas-issued-in-fbi-russia-probe-report
    The subpoenas to associates of former national security adviser Michael Flynn are seeking business records, CNN said Tuesday. CNN confirmed with people familiar with the matter that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Va., issued the subpoenas in recent weeks.
    The subpoenas are a significant escalation of the FBI’s broader investigation into possible ties between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
    The news of subpoenas comes on the same night President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. According to CNN, the subpoenas were issued within the past several weeks by the U.S. Attorneys Office in the Eastern District of Virginia. Dana Boente oversees that office. He is also acting as head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/grand-jury-fbi-russia/index.html
    Trump will meet in the Oval Office tomorrow with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, Putin’s top diplomat. Front page of tomorrow’s New York Times @ https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_bl0dzXYAUkqOe.jpg

  3. ¡Ay, caramba! says:

    “In 110 days of governing, the Trump administration has fired a national security advisor, an acting attorney general, and an FBI director. The last two were let go shortly after publicly opposing an administration position. And in both cases they were proven right. The courts agreed with Sally Yates’ opposition to the immigration ban, and no one (except maybe Sean Hannity) believes that the FBI wiretapped Trump Tower. With three high profile firings in quick succession, it’s beginning to feel a little bit like Nicaragua around here” (General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency). http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/332696-michael-hayden-when-trumps-washington-starts-to

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