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Toobin: Comey Firing 'a Grotesque Abuse of Power'

CNN's "The Situation Room"

By    |   Tuesday, 09 May 2017 07:17 PM

CNN legal contributor Jeffrey Toobin called the firing of FBI Director James Comey "a grotesque abuse of power."

Comey was fired by President Donald Trump on Tuesday for his handling of the agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, The Washington Post reported Tuesday, stunning news, considering Trump benefitted from the Clinton investigation during the campaign.

Toobin, speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, said the news was unusual.

"And a grotesque abuse of power, by the president of the United States," he added. "This is the kind of thing that goes on in non-democracies. 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.

"I have not seen anything like this since Oct. 20, 1973, when President [Richard] Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor. This is something that is not within the American political tradition. That firing led indirectly but certainly to the resignation of President Nixon. And this is very much in this tradition. 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."

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