I’m with Jeffrey Toobin’s blunt comments on CNN: this isn’t normal, that the president fires the person in charge of investigating his administration’s ties to Russia. This is what happens in banana republics. The comparison to Nixon’s firing of Archibald Cox in an attempt to impede the Watergate investigation seems apt.
But there are big differences, one of which is that no one on the Republican side seems to have any interest thus far in a serious look atTrump’s ties to Russia. Nixon was taken down by a bipartisan group in Congress, men — they were all men — who in the end valued country over the exercise of raw power. Trump is riding another political current entirely, one that shows no signs of abating no matter how egregious Trump’s behavior.
And, as Jeffrey Toobin says, that behavior is really, really egregious.