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 SessionsGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Martin, Bobby and the will to change Overnight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' MORE another chapter in "a slow-motion, multi-monthed Saturday Night Massacre." 

“After President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE fired [former FBI Director] James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Barr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct Dems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell 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 RosensteinBarr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct 5 myths about William Barr William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump 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.