Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. — Dennis Prager
G E T T I N G T O O C L O S E C O M F O R T ?
Forty four years after the impeachment and ousting of President Richard M. Nixon (R) for his role in the Watergate coverup President Donald J. Trump, 45th president of the United States might soon be facing his own day in court.
His first wobbly 100 days in office has been characterized by gross political ineptness, increased security leaks of classified information and rumors of outright nepotism towards family members in the Oval Office.
Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday a move which stunned Washington with a decision that carries vast political ramifications because the bureau is investigating whether anyone close to the president colluded with Russian intelligence agents to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The abrupt ouster was needed to allow a “new beginning” at the FBI, Trump said, citing scathing criticism by Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, a career prosecutor, of Comey’s public announcements about the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R., South Carolina) stated that “everyone praised Comey and had a problem with him” and that he is merely being replaced by “a more suitable candidate” for the position.
Graham added that the FBI investigation is not a “criminal” one but more of a counter intelligence investigation.
He stated that you don’t really need a “special prosecutor” to handle the investigation into the Trump Russia campaign issue. He stated that Comey was not an integral part to the continued investigation by the committee.
He stated that there are now five individual committees looking into the situation and that should circumstances warrant it then a special prosecutor would be appointed .
Comey who was one time was lauded by the president for the fine work he was doing was handed his walking papers while he was not even at the White House.
President Nixon 43 years ago pulled the same type of shenanigans when the investigation into his involvement in the Watergate Hotel break-in was getting too close for comfort. It was labelled the Saturday Night Massacre.
The massacre kicked the Watergate scandal — concerning associates of Nixon’s who broke into the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in the Watergate office/residential complex in Washington, DC — into high gear.
At the time, Congress was already looking into the break-in and investigating Nixon’s potential involvement and cover-up efforts.. So was Archibald Cox, a special prosecutor appointed by the attorney general.
On the night of Saturday, October 20, 1973, President Nixon ordered Cox’s firing. However, the person with authority to dismiss Cox, Nixon’s Attorney General Elliot Richardson, refused to carry out the order.
Instead, Richardson resigned. His deputy, William Ruckelshaus, then became acting attorney general, and also refused to obey the order. Ruckelshaus resigned too.
That left Robert Bork, the solicitor general, as the highest-ranking official in the Justice Department. Bork finally carried out Nixon’s order and dismissed Cox.
And that’s the way it is. — gc