Comey Firing is Saturday Night Massacre Only Worse
What is being called Tuesday Afternoon Treason is right out of Richard Nixon’s Watergate playbook-only worse. It was the night Trump truly became a dictator.
Think about it-Comey’s firing has led to no one else quitting. And unfortunately, Trump has a GOP Congress seemingly determined to give him a pass. Mitch McConnell has already hand waved this away. Lindsay Graham is saying ‘Comey deserved to be fired.’ Lindsay too is outraged Comey fixed the election -for Trump.
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) May 10, 2017
The virtue of having a GOP Congress. Nixon ironically made his own bed by not campaigning for his party in 1972-it was every POTUS for himself.
This is like the Saturday Night Massacre, only worse.
“It is natural to compare the dismissal of Cox, and the refusal by Richardson and Ruckelshaus to do the deed, to the firing of James Comey, the F.B.I. director, carried out by Trump’s Attorney General, the all-too-willing Jeff Sessions, if only because the dismissals, in both cases, were accompanied by a powerful odor: of something being covered up, along with a fear that what Americans treasure most—the values contained in the Constitution, the idea that America is indeed a nation of laws—were being undermined by the very people entrusted with protecting those values. In the Nixon era, the corruption, encouraged by the White House, was aimed at perceived enemies of the Administration. In a time so short that it doesn’t quite deserve to be called the Trump era, the current corruption includes possible attempts by a foreign power, Russia, to influence and subvert an American election. The odor this time includes the curious behavior of Trump and others in reacting to reliable information that General Michael Flynn, Trump’s national-security adviser, had lied about his preëlection contacts with the Russians. Was Comey getting close to something more? That’s a natural suspicion in a time when conspiracy theories, many of them promoted by Trump and his followers, have become so commonplace.”
“But the situation today is far more problematic and dangerous than the one facing the nation forty-four years ago. Nixon, for all his misdeeds, understood the Presidency, and the demands of his job. He was fascinated by history, and the geopolitics of his world, and understood both. In foreign policy, if he didn’t always act wisely, he acted consistently; it’s inconceivable that he would have found himself in the incoherent foreign-policy muddle in which Trump has put himself in the case of North Korea, with its threatening nuclear stockpile, and South Korea, which has just elected a new leader who doesn’t want a war.”
“At the end, in the Nixon White House, there was a sense of things going wrong—a little screwy, in fact—an anxious, fearful mood that came from the top, not unlike what is said to prevail in the Trump White House. As the Watergate scandal grew in intensity, the White House counsel, Leonard Garment, began to see Nixon “as a climbing man, scaling his way up, rung by rung, agonizingly, and then finally making it and then realizing that he didn’t belong there,” Garment told me. It’s hard to imagine what Trump, a reality-show host and real-estate promoter, feels when he looks down from his current perch at a world that, with his limited knowledge and experience, he can’t possibly grasp.”
Now is a good time to hear from John Dean:
On October 20, 1973, the former Nixon White House counsel John Dean pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cover up the Watergate affair, and agreed to become a witness for the prosecution—for Cox. On Tuesday, Dean reflected on the Comey firing and told my colleague Jane Mayer, “I’d have thought they’d have let the man walk out under his own power. But Trump, I guess, always has to play the strong guy.”
“By doing this, though,” Dean continued, “they’ve raised so many questions. How can you conclude anything but that Trump knows he’s got problems? . . . Every move they make keeps signalling ‘cover-up.’ ”
Dean continued, “If they think they can influence the Russian investigation by removing Comey, they are naïve. I learned from my own experience that you can’t put in the fix by removing somebody.”
Speaking of playing the strong guy-Trump literally sent his thug bodyguard to inform Comey. But that’s the key-Trump has to play the strong guy because in fact-he’s not a strong guy.
But nothing is worse than a guy who’s not strong pretending to be strong in a very powerful position, much less POTUS>
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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