CNN legal analyst on Comey’s firing: ‘This is what happens in non-democracies’

During a segment this Tuesday focusing on President Trump’s recent firing of FBI Director James Comey, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin lashed out at the White House and it’s “grotesque abuse of power.”

Responding to host Wolf Blitzer who said the move was “an extraordinary moment in American history,” Toobin added that it’s a “grotesque abuse of power by the president of the United States.”

“This is the kind of thing that goes on in non-democracies,” Toobin continued. “That when there is an investigation that reaches near the president of the United States, or the leader of a non-democracy, they fire the people who are in charge of the investigation.”

“This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is something that is completely outside how the American law is supposed to work.” Toobin admitted “there is no question that the president has the legal authority to do what he has done” but there’s nothing normal about the President’s actions.

“This is a political act when the president is under investigation. When his White House counsel was described yesterday as being told that his National Security Adviser was subject to blackmail by the Russians and they fired [Sally Yates] a few days later.”

“Now they’ve fired the FBI director. I mean, what kind of country is this?”

Watch the segment in the video below, via CNN:

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