Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CNN's Toobin: Firing FBI's Comey 'a grotesque abuse of power by the president'

CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin held nothing back when news of President Trump’s filing of FBI Director James Comey was announced. Wolf Blitzer broke the news and intoned that this was “an extraordinary moment in American history.”
According to the Washington Post, Toobin shot back: “You bet it is, Wolf, and it is a grotesque abuse of power by the president of the United States.”
Before we could pick our jaws up off the floor, he barreled forward: “This is the kind of things that goes on in non-democracies. That when there is an investigation that reaches near the president of the United States or the leader of a non-democracy, they fire the people who are in charge of the investigation.”
Without hesi­ta­tion or any need for a Google search, Toobin reached back for historical context: He hadn’t seen such a thing since 1973 when President Nixon fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. That, he noted, was a key factor leading to Nixon’s resignation.
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