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 SessionsA better way to run the Federal Bureau of Prisons Trump admin erases key environmental enforcement tool DOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda MORE another chapter in "a slow-motion, multi-monthed Saturday Night Massacre." 

“After President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE fired [former FBI Director] James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 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) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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 Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing 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.