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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 SessionsTrump to oust Nielsen as early as this week: report Acting AG will meet with DOJ ethics officials to discuss possible recusal: reports Swalwell calls acting AG an 'assassin' hired to 'take out' Mueller probe MORE another chapter in "a slow-motion, multi-monthed Saturday Night Massacre." 

“After President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to oust Nielsen as early as this week: report California wildfire becomes deadliest in state’s history Sinema’s Senate win cheered by LGBTQ groups MORE fired [former FBI Director] James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump says Florida races should be called for GOP | Latest on California wildfires | Congress set for dramatic lame duck How Trump can pull off ultimate trick to make Mueller disappear Comey talked about sensitive FBI matters on personal email: report 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 Jay RosensteinDem leaders request formal update from DOJ on whether Whitaker should recuse himself How Trump can pull off ultimate trick to make Mueller disappear Dems race to protect Mueller probe 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.