Trump's firing of F.B.I. Director James Comey harks back to the days of Watergate
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In 1973, US President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. He was overseeing the investigation regarding the Watergate scandal - in which Nixon was a culprit, something Cox was trying to verify. The order was first given to Attorney General Elliot Richardson, who refused and resigned. Next in line was the Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus - but he also preferred resigning then to partake in what seemed to be an inappropriate and an undemocratic firing, and the event is now referred to as the Saturday Night Massacre. On Tuesday, without warning, Trump fired F.B.I. director James Comey. The latter learned about it while giving a speech to his staff when a television in the background announced the breaking news. Comey laughed, thinking it was a joke. He was in the midst of overseeing an investigation on whether Trump’s Presidential campaign was complicit to the government of Russia’s interference in the elections. Whereas it took the resignation of two deputies general in Nixon’s case (Acting Attorney General Robert Bork finally carried out the order), Trump’s dismissal of Comey was carried out, according to the White House, “on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions”.
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