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6 Reasons Comey’s Firing is NOTHING Like the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’

Richard Nixon, poses, June 22, 1960. (AP Photo)
Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz


Almost as soon as it was announced that President Trump fired FBI Director Comey the Democrats started screaming that his action was Nixonian or reminiscent of Nixon’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ a ridiculous comparison.

For those who did not live through Watergate, the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ refers toon October 20, 1973, when President Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. Rather than comply  Attorney General Elliot Richardson resigned rather than fire Cox, when the responsibility fell to Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus, he followed Richardson’s lead and also resigned. Finally solicitor general Robert Bork, who unlike the first two did not assure congress that he would never interfere with Cox, followed the order and fired Cox.

Anyone who is familiar with the Nixon and the Trump actions know that the two firings were not even close to being alike,  anyone who believes they are similar is just taking another opportunity to bash President Trump. Want proof, below are six reasons the firing of Comey is different from the ‘Saturday Night Massacre.’

1) Good Job vs. Bad Job: In 1973 most observers of either party thought that Cox was doing a good job. In fact one of the reasons AG Richardson resigned was that he promised congress that he wouldn’t use his authority to can the Watergate special prosecutor, unless for cause. On the other hand most Democrats who are complaining about the Comey firing believed he was doing a lousy job–until they found President Trump was firing him and they had a political opening to attack the  POTUS. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sent a compelling letter to his boss AG Jeff Sessions, pointing out that Comey was doing a very lousy job and that pointed out his errors in breaking established justice department procedures. His opinion was corroborated by  Jamie Gorelick, Deputy Attorney General under President Clinton, Larry Thompson, Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush,  Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who served under President George W Bush, Alberto Gonzales, who also served as Attorney General under President George W Bush, Eric Holder, who served as Deputy Attorney General under President Clinton and Attorney General under President Obama.

2) Subpoena:  Nixon fired Cox in an attempt to avoid a subpoena demanding a copy of the in…

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Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (, contributing reporter at and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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