Consider the single most explosive episode of Watergate the Saturday Night Massacre, in which Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox
. Trump's opponents say his desire to fire Mueller was Nixonesque.
'Prof Archibald Cox
, one time US Attorney General and Special Prosecutor once said the reason a court must give reasons for its decision is to show that we are ultimately governed by reason.'
Henry Ruth, then head of the firm's litigation department, spent 28 months in the Watergate prosecution office and ledthe office following Special Prosecutors Archibald Cox
, who was fired by PresidentRichardNixon, and Leon Jaworski.
Attorney General Elliott Richardson tapped Archibald Cox
as "special prosecutor" to look into possible Nixon administration involvement in the Watergate affair, but Cox was eventually fired when he obtained a subpoena for the secret recordings that Nixon had made within the Oval Office.
Critics will draw parallels between Trump's overture and the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre", a key moment in the Watergate scandal when Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox
20, 1973, President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Archibald Cox
, the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate political scandal.
Sirica, her predecessor as chief judge, to deal with the firing of special prosecutor Watergate Archibald Cox
in October 1973.
Because it was Nixon's dismissal of the Special Prosecutor, Archibald Cox
, that set that train in motion.
That is one of the essential lessons of Watergate: It was only after former US president Richard Nixon fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox
that a firestorm of public protest erupted, resulting in the eventual unravelling of the Nixon presidency.
Although Nixon did fire the first independent prosecutor, Archibald Cox
, in the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre," another was installed and Nixon ultimately resigned rather than face impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by the Senate.
But Rosenstein would assume the Elliot Richardson role in the Saturday Night Massacre, when that AG refused to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox
, resigned, and was canonized as a martyr by the Never-Nixon media.