Pat Buchanan-Who Was There: We’re on the Road to the Saturday Night Massacre
Buchanan has always for me been a pretty interesting Nixonite. He was largely the architect of the Philadelphia Plan-aka affirmative action. Then he spent the next 40 years inveighing against the evils of affirmative action.
It’s like discovering that hardline Catholic priest actually invented sin.
Here are some excerpts from Buchanan’s Watergate testimony the NYT published some years back. It’s actually some very interesting reading:
“For the record, Mr. Chairman, let me state the following: I did not recommend or authorize, nor was I aware of, any on‐going campaign of political sabotage against Senator Muskie, or any other Democratic candidate.”
“I did not recommend, either verbally or in mem \oranda, that the Re‐election Committee infiltrate the campaigns of our opposition, I have never met nor spok en with, nor can I recall ever having heard the names of, Messrs. Hunt. Liddy, Mc Cord, Ulasewicz, Ragan, Barker or Segretti until those names appeared in the public press.”
“Nor have I ever heard, until the terms were made public, the code names of Ruby 1, Ruby 2, Crystal, Sedanchair 1 and Sedan chair 2, or Fat Jack. Even today, I could not testify with certitude to whom these terms refer.”
Note that Buchanan is slick here. He didn’t have to meet Segretti personally. Anymore than someone who writes military plans has to meet the actual soldiers in the field to carry it out.
Like any such operation there was the division of labor. Buchanan did the brain work and then Segretti executed it.
So Buchanan is a classic Nixonite-and he was also there for Iran Contra so he’s an old vet at these sorts of scandals.
He was on Sean Hannity the other night:
“I do think that the special counsel’s office is targeting the President,” Buchanan told Hannity. “I think they are gonna go on and on and roll over one rock after another after another until the President says, ‘I’ve had enough!’. And then we are right on the road — a familiar one to me — to the Saturday Night Massacre.”
“Buchanan then went on to explain that he doesn’t believe Trump has the authority to fire Mueller, and that he doesn’t believe that the Deputy Attorney General would do it himself if asked by the President.”
“During the Saturday Night Massacre, we (Nixon administration) tried to shut down the special prosecutor’s office, and they revived it and they got Jaworski a new special prosecutor,” Buchanan continued.
What is even more interesting is that Buchanan believes that the special counsel will “have something on the President”, in terms of crimes committed, and that Trump will be faced with the decision of what to do when it comes to removing or keeping Mueller in his position as Special Counsel. “I don’t see how this ends well,” Buchanan stated.
Of course, Trump won’t take this to heart. He’s got these exceptional political instincts that he and Anthony Scaramucci are always talking about.
Obviously firing Comey was a brilliant move by a political savant. He keeps blaming Sessions for reusing himself and missing that if he doesn’t fire Sessions there’s no Mueller investigation.
So firing Mueller will only make things exponentially worse. Lindsay Graham himself this week stated that if Trump fires Mueller It’s the beginning of the end of the Trump Presidency.
Think about that. Until now the GOP has acted like any talk of impeachment was just crazy talk on the Left. Now Graham raised its prospect.
We’ll see if Trump gets the message.
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