How similar are the Saturday Night Massacre and the Comey firing?

For many political observers, President Donald Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey immediately called to mind President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. That night back in 1973, Nixon fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, even as his top two Justice Department officials resigned in protest rather than carry out Nixon’s order. That pivotal episode of the Watergate scandal stemmed from testimony by former White House aide Alexander Butterfield, who said that Nixon had secretly recorded White House conversations. Nixon battled subpoenas from a Senate subcommittee and from Cox to hear the tapes; after several rounds of appeals, the … >>More stories from National


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