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David Frum explains the difference between Watergate and Trump’s Russia scandal

In the wake of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, pundits across the political spectrum referred to the move as being “Nixonian,” assuming that it was intended to either circumvent an investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia, or to send a message of intimidation to the FBI’s rank and file.

During the Watergate scandal, Nixon never fired the director of the FBI, but he did fire the special prosecutor assigned to investigate him. A slight difference, but nevertheless enough to spark the comparisons between the two administrations. Conservative commentator, author, and columnist David Frum added to the discussion with a series of tweets this weekend, suggesting that comparing Trump to Nixon kind of misses the point.

…as opposed to outside espionage, which was allegedly helped by our own president and his inner circle.

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