Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday despite the bureau being in the midst of an investigation into the connections of the Trump administration and campaign to Russia.
Put another way, Trump fired the guy in charge of the investigation that some believe will end with his impeachment.
That’s not normal, though it’s also not unprecedented. Another president fired the person in charge of investigating his administration: Richard Nixon.
Almost immediately after Trump fired Comey, the Nixon comparisons began — particularly around the “Saturday Night Massacre.” That’s the night in which Nixon fired the special prosecutor assigned to investigating what would eventually come to be known as the Watergate Scandal. After the firing, the attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned.
President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director Comey smacks of President Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre.
— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) May 9, 2017
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) on Comey’s firing: “This is Nixonian.”
Calls for immediate appointment of special counsel on Trump/Russia.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) May 9, 2017
Trump has either BIGLY Saturday Night Massacred himself here…or he’s consolidated power & is beyond any law.
We’ll know soon which it is.
— John Schindler (@20committee) May 9, 2017
Brian Williams: “The Tuesday afternoon massacre.”
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) May 9, 2017
Only an incompetent like Trump
could schedule a Saturday Night Massacre
for a Tuesday afternoon.
The FBI must be closing in.
— Mark A.R. Kleiman (@MarkARKleiman) May 9, 2017
This smells more and more like Watergate revisited
— alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) May 9, 2017
Tuesday Night Massacre. We know why Richard Nixon fired Archibald Cox: the president was guilty of obstruction of justice.
— JohnAloysiusFarrell (@jaloysius) May 9, 2017
Wave high to all the children in a distant future reading about this moment in their history books.