By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – The air has been thick with comparisons to President Nixon and the Watergate meltdown since Tuesday night’s firing of the FBI director by President Trump.

So I thought it may be helpful if we recalled what happened back then.

In late 1972, Nixon was re-elected with a huge landslide. There had already been coverage of the arrest of burglars with Nixon ties during a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Building, but it was still background noise.

But in early 1973, Watergate began to heat up, fast.

The FBI director told Congress the president’s chief counsel – John Dean – had demanded updates on the Watergate probe; one of the burglars wrote a letter to a federal judge claiming the burglary wasn’t a burglary but a political dirty trick.

By April, Dean began cooperating with federal prosecutors.

By May, the televised Senate Watergate hearings had begun.

And in July, the big bombshell – the existence of Nixon’s office tapes was revealed.

That touched off months of mounting paranoia and public outcry as the president repeatedly tried to hide the tapes and obstruct the investigation, in October firing the special prosecutor.

By May of 1974, the impeachment hearings had begun.

On August 8th, the president resigned.

A stupid campaign dirty trick, conducted by weak-link flunkies who caved under pressure; a desperate campaign of cover-up and denial; the fatal, self-inflicted wound of obstruction of justice.

That was the blueprint for Richard Nixon’s self-destruction.

I will leave it to you to make up your own mind about whether or not it is being followed yet again.

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Comments (6)
  1. Nixon, really? You are right on track with the liberal talking point about this story, Jon.

  2. The President of the United States has the absolute right to call for the resignation or to fire any individual that is serving in a position of appointment that requires the confirmation of the

    This right was reaffirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the matter of the CPFB director. The court found that the Congress erred in not allowing the Director of the CPFB to be immune from presidential firing.

    This is in no way comparable to Nixon’s Saturday night massacre. Nor does it constitute any crime or misdemeanor.

    Any attempt to paint it as such, as you have done here, Jon, represents a decidedly partisan commentary and ignorant of what the laws do and do not allow.

    Shame on you, Jon, for missing the obvious.

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      Owl do you still believe that Trump had the right to fire Comey because he did not agree with an ongoing investigation? Trump just admitted that is exactly what he did.

  3. Steve Stein says:

    There may be parallels to Nixon in the current administration, but sadly there is no parallel between congressional Republicans of the 70s and those of today. The current congressional Republicans will NEVER put country over party.

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      Steve – nice to see you here. I am afraid my comment will have all others deleted since that is the current childish game of Owl and friends. But you are exactly right. In addition, the current republicans who voted for Trump will not put country before party. I campaigned for Nixon more actively than any other candidate that went before. Yet, as we became aware of developments, every individual I knew was far more interested in country than party. Our choice never mattered more than our love of country.

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