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NBC News’ headline read, “Trump’s Firing of FBI’s Comey Draws Comparison to ‘Saturday Night Massacre’” and yet, they admitted that it is not a good direct comparison to President Richard Nixon’s infamous firings:

Some Democrats who questioned Comey’s firing Tuesday afternoon were quick to draw a comparison between then and now.

“This is nothing less than Nixonian,” Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, a longtime Judiciary Committee member, said in a statement.

New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich tweeted: “President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director Comey smacks of President Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre.”

Well, not entirely — but some historians say there is a parallel.

Why wasn’t it a good comparison? Nixon did not fire his FBI director, but fired other officials.





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