the next Watergate?

Elaine Kamarck, a political scientist at Brookings, has posted an interesting blog on the possible fallout from Trump’s sudden firing of the Director of the FBI.

Donald Trump is either the guiltiest president since Richard Nixon or the most incompetent president since the founding of the United States. Last night he fired the Director of the FBI, James Comey—the man in charge of investigating his White House and his campaign for links to Russia.

Comey’s sudden dismissal has set off a firestorm, not at all unlike the one forty-four years ago when President Nixon fired Archibald Cox. As Special Prosecutor, Cox was charged with  investigating links between the Nixon White House, Nixon’s re-election campaign, and the break-in at the Democratic National Committee. …. [This] led Nixon to resign on August 8, 1974, just ahead of an impeachment vote. ….

Either Donald Trump is guilty and desperate to throw investigators off the trail, or he has just committed a monumental blunder. If he’s innocent he has made himself look guilty and by acting on impulse has shown his shallow knowledge of history, his lack of respect for the rule of law, and his monumental and ultimately self-destructive egotism. And if he’s guilty? Well we know how this story ends. [Emphasis added.]

Elaine Kamarck, “Trump fires Comey: Shades of Watergate“, FixGov blog, Brookings Institution, 10 May 2017.

Elaine C. Kamarck (born 1950) is Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution, based in Washington, D.C.

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