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President Donald J. Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey is unprecedented, as is much of what Trump has undertaken as president.In October 1973, Nixon, waiting until a weekend, ordered the dismissal of a newly appointed special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, who had issued a subpoena demanding that Nixon hand over secretly recorded – and, as would become clear, highly damning – White House tapes.Nixon was forced to appoint a new special prosecutor.Trump, like Nixon, may well be guilty of grave impeachable offenses – even graver offenses than Nixon's.But, even if all this is so, Trump, unlike Nixon, may very well get away with it.Today's Republican congressional majorities, however, have seemed singularly devoted to slowing and narrowing any serious inquiry into the thoroughly substantiated reports of Russian efforts to throw the 2016 election to Trump.For the moment, though, there is no reason to see Trump's firing of Comey as a rerun of Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" or any other event in American political history.
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