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Why The Comey Firing Is Not Like Watergate, Parts 1 & 2

Why The Comey Firing Is Not Like Watergate, Parts 1 & 2

Mike Huckabee, May 11, 2017

To listen to the caterwauling of the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself), President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is a replay of the “Saturday Night Massacre” when Nixon fired the Watergate special prosecutor. Of course, to them, everything Republicans do is “Watergate: The Sequel.” They so miss the long-ago days when Americans actually thought journalists were cool that they’re always seeing the next Watergate in every Republican gaffe, the way an excitable child thinks every bump in the night on Christmas Eve is Santa landing on the roof.

Well, sorry to disillusion you, kids, but here’s a history lesson. Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox only after he tried to get his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General to do it, and both refused and resigned in protest. Trump fired Comey after his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General sent Trump a list of reasons why it needed to be done. The A.P. attempted an end run around that by calling this the first time since Watergate that a President fired an official who was investigating him. Again, not true. The FBI already said Trump is not the target of the investigation. They probably would’ve loved to have said it’s the first time a President fired an FBI Director, except Bill Clinton fired William Sessions in 1993 and nobody cared.

Blogger John Hinderaker has more on the AP’s fevered Nixon obsession, along with a link to a handy list of some quotes about why Comey should be fired from leading Democrats who are now outraged and demanding a federal investigation into why he was fired. Read more here http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/05/the-associated-press-goes-around-the-bend-on-comey.php

 

Mass Hysteria, or, Why Comey Is Not Watergate, Part 2, Mike Huckabee, May 12, 2017

As expected, for the past 48 hours or so, the news media have been doing what they think is their job these days: picking up whatever talking points the DNC puts out and repeating them ad nauseum. And so, yesterday’s “news” consisted of nothing but wall-to-wall hysteria about the Watergate-level constitutional crisis that’s been sparked by President Trump firing the one man in Washington that everyone, Republican and Democrat alike, all agreed should be fired, up until the nanosecond that Democrats learned Trump had actually done it. Since then, if you watch the cable news channels, you’d think the rest of the world had disappeared entirely, replaced by nothing but talking heads chanting “Comey! Comey! Comey!” like the cheerleading squad at a Comey High School pep rally.

At the risk of repeating what I already said yesterday: No, this is nothing like Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre.” That was when Nixon fired the Watergate special prosecutor and his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General resigned in protest. In this case, Trump fired an FBI Director (a position that is filled “at the pleasure of the President”), with the recommendations of his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. One piece of actual news: Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt that he had already decided Comey had to go regardless of what they might have said.