The hijacking of a presidential election by a foreign antagonist like the Russian state would be, if proven, a monstrous crime against democracy, with weighty potential repercussions — from the makeup of the Supreme Court to tax fairness, from the availability of health care to the wars in the Middle East.
It was against that background that Comey became the third top Department of Justice official to be axed as they led probes of alleged wrongdoing by the president or his associates.
They had ranged far beyond their original mandate to examine topics unrelated to Watergate, like Nixon’s purchase of waterfront property and his friend Bebe Rebozo’s business affairs. What followed the firing was universally described as a political “firestorm.” Nixon’s standing slipped further when the White House revealed that there were gaps — including one famous 18-minute gap — in the tapes that Cox was seeking.
It was the start of a 40-year tradition, honored by his successors, until broken by Trump.He knew this was big.” At NBC, broadcaster John Chancellor delivered the breaking news bulletin that interrupted the primetime lineup.“The country tonight is in the midst of what may be the most serious constitutional crisis in its history,” he said, somehow omitting the Civil War.of Massachusetts announced that the House would do its duty, and the House Judiciary Committee was assigned the task of weighing impeachment.It was an arduous (and in those days, rare and frightful) path.
Or, Trump may have become irritated by some tic in Comey’s testimony to Congress, judged him too ambitious, looked up at the portrait of Andrew Jackson for inspiration, and had the man fired.