Dem senators: Trump's firing of Comey is 'Nixonian'

Dem senators: Trump's firing of Comey is 'Nixonian'
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Senate Democrats slammed President Trump on Tuesday for firing FBI Director James Comey amid the bureau's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, drawing comparisons to former President Richard Nixon.

"This is Nixonian,” Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyWould-be 2020 Dem candidates head for the exits O’Rourke, Brown shake up volatile Democratic horse race The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Democratic race for Speaker turns nasty MORE (D-Pa.) said in a statement.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyHouse Republican partisan riders could poison federal budget talks Lawmakers buy more time for spending deal Time to confirm more federal judges MORE (D-Vt.) echoed that language, noting that Trump fired Comey "in the midst of one of the most critical national security investigations in the history of our country — one that implicates senior officials in the Trump campaign and administration."

"This is nothing less than Nixonian," Leahy said.

Trump said he fired Comey at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsJohn Kelly to leave White House at year's end Five things to know about William Barr, Trump’s pick for Justice Department Trump says AG pick deserves bipartisan support MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.


“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Trump wrote in a letter to Comey dated Tuesday.

Casey compared Comey’s firing to Nixon and top officials in his administration going to great lengths to cover up the Watergate break-in as well as other illegal activities authorized by the Nixon White House.

Nixon resigned when he faced the possibility of being impeached by the House of Representatives following the Watergate scandal.

Casey called on Rosenstein to “immediately appoint a special counsel to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.”

Democrats raised questions about whether the firing was aimed at trying to sway the FBI's Russia investigation, with many questioning the timing of the dismissal.

Casey wasn't the only person to draw a comparison between Nixon and Trump, with other lawmakers and political observers saying the decision to fire Comey was a call back to the Watergate investigations: