Tapper on Sessions ouster: 'A slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre'

Tapper on Sessions ouster: 'A slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre'
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CNN's Jake Tapper on Wednesday called the resignation of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Guidance on masks is coming The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention Roy Moore to advise Louisiana pastor arrested for allegedly defying ban on large gatherings MORE another chapter in "a slow-motion, multi-monthed Saturday Night Massacre." 

“After President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE fired [former FBI Director] James ComeyJames Brien ComeyIs coronavirus the final Trump crisis? Full appeals court to rehear case over McGahn subpoena Tucker Carlson: Biden's 'fading intellect' an 'opportunity' for Democrats to control him MORE, I said that we are all going through a slow-motion, multi-monthed Saturday Night Massacre,” Tapper said on CNN. 

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Trump's firing of Comey last year drew similar comparisons to the so-called 1973 "Saturday Night Massacre," when then-President Nixon fired the special prosecutor leading the Watergate investigation. The firing prompted the resignation of the attorney general and deputy attorney general. 

"I’m not saying [Trump] is responsible for anything like what happened under Watergate," Tapper added. "We have no idea what happened and what [special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE] will turn up." 

Tapper during the show also called for the network to change the chyron from "Jeff Sessions Resigns" to "President Trump Fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions." 

Session's resignation letter says that he is stepping down at Trump's request.

The chyron changed shortly after Tapper's suggestion. 

Sessions resigned as the top Justice Department official on Wednesday after months of criticism by Trump over his decision to recuse himself from Mueller's ongoing Russia investigation.

Reports also emerged on Wednesday that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinFull appeals court to rehear case over McGahn subpoena Graham starts closed-door depositions in FISA probe Attorney General Barr is in a mess — and has no one to blame but himself MORE is no longer overseeing the Mueller probe. The new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, will begin overseeing the investigation. 

Trump has consistently denounced Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt," insisting there was no collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.

Trump's outspoken renunciation of the probe, Sessions and Rosenstein has long drawn comparisons to Nixon's conduct during Watergate.