Many were surprised by President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Some were outraged. But no one reached the level of Jeffrey Toobin, the normally even-tempered CNN legal affairs analyst and New Yorker writer.
Speaking to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, Toobin lashed out at Trump’s move, calling it a “grotesque abuse of power by the president of the United States.”
Toobin went on to compare the dismissal to Richard Nixon’s firing of Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, adding that Trump’s decision was “not normal” and “completely outside how American law is supposed to work.”
Nathan Guttman, staff writer, was the Forward’s Washington bureau chief. He joined the staff in 2006 after serving for five years as Washington correspondent for the Israeli dailies Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post. In Israel, he was the features editor for Ha’aretz and chief editor of Channel 1 TV evening news. He was born in Canada and grew up in Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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