Grassley rips ‘Nixonian’ talk about Comey firing: ‘Suck it up and move on’

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators 'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection MORE (R-Iowa) on Wednesday dismissed the characterization of the firing of FBI Director James Comey as "Nixonian."

During an interview on "Fox & Friends," the Judiciary Committee chairman was asked what his message is to those comparing Comey's firing to former President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal.

"My message is: Suck it up and move on," Grassley said.

Senate Democrats on Tuesday slammed President Trump for firing Comey amid the bureau's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Many drew comparisons to Nixon's coverup effort.

"This is Nixonian,” Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said in a statement.


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.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (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 Sessions 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.