Maddow just took the Comey firing a step further than many others. In addition to calling for an independent prosecutor, Maddow delved into the similarities between the current scandal and the Watergate Scandal of the 1970s.
At the very beginning of her show, Maddow gave her viewers a quick history lesson before drawing a number of connections between the two situations.
After giving her viewers a rundown of the events leading up to President Richard Nixon’s resignation, Maddow emphasized the important role Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was appointed to head the investigation, played in exposing the truth. Cox refused to give up on his efforts to get the Watergate tapes released, even when Nixon tried to convince him to stop.
Nixon even went so far as to call repeatedly for Cox’s firing. Sound familiar?
As Maddow pointed out, the firing of Cox, much like the firing of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, was not for nothing. As she said, Cox “got the President fired, too.”
She went on to suggest that the firing of Comey, who got on Trump’s bad side when he confirmed an investigation was underway, will not be for nothing, either.
‘Fire the investigators, sure. Nixon proved you can do that, but Nixon also proved the consequences of doing that, in the end, for a president who has something to hide from those investigators.’
Maddow then laid out the timeline of shady business that has taken place since Trump was sworn in in January. Included in this timeline was the firing of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and former district attorney Preet Bharara.
Based on Maddow’s analysis, it seems the impeachment and resignation of President Trump is not far off.
She may have been the most thorough, but Maddow hasn’t been the only one to compare today’s situation to Watergate.
In a tweet, Senator Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) called the firing “Nixonian.”
‘This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.’
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 9, 2017
Others, including former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested that the White House is in the middle of a cover up.
Comey firing part of a growing pattern by White House to cover-up the truth
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 9, 2017
Watch the beginning of Maddow’s show, where she links the two scandals, via YouTube:
Featured Image is a screenshot from the video.