OPINION: Trump’s Firing of FBI Director James Comey Parallels the Watergate Scandal

In 1973, President Richard Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor investigating his role in the Watergate scandal. Cox had demanded that Nixon turn over copies of secretly recorded conversations between himself and administration officials, known as the White House tapes. Now, it appears as if President Donald Trump has taken a page out of Nixon’s playbook in his recent firing of FBI director James Comey.

Comey’s sudden termination was publicly attributed to his mishandling of the investigation on Hillary Clinton’s private email server. His controversial handling of the case transpired last year. Only weeks before Comey was fired, he admitted to investigating Russian interference in the presidential election while testifying in front of the House Committee on Intelligence. It’s not purely coincidental that he was discharged shortly after. 

 President Trump's letter to Comey ordering his termination. Source: TheRightScoop

President Trump's letter to Comey ordering his termination. Source: TheRightScoop

"We know that the House is investigating Russian interference in our election that benefitted the Trump campaign," Schumer said to reporters during a press conference on Tuesday. "We know the Senate is investigating. We know the FBI has been looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians - a very serious offense. Were those investigations getting too close to home for the president?”

 

When Nixon fired Cox, both the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General serving in his administration resigned in an act of protest. Sadly, Comey won't be receiving such support. Current Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended that Trump fire Comey, which Trump stated in a letter to the former FBI director.

 Image: James Comey Source: Chicago Tribune

Image: James Comey Source: Chicago Tribune

Following the Watergate scandal, Nixon was put under investigation and resigned in the face of certain impeachment. While we can't say that such an occurrence foreshadows the future of Trump’s presidency, there's no telling how much longer Trump will remain in office if such a situation escalates.

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