Bill Moyers worked in the Administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson before becoming one of America’s most respected political journalists. He brought blunt but nuanced perspective to Watergate and Vietnam, last year’s controversial elections, and everything in between.
His harshest criticism, however, is only now coming out in response to President Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, the man leading an investigation into his campaign’s collusion with Russia to influence last year’s campaign.
In an article titled “Donald Trump Is Attempting a Coup — We Must Have a Special Prosecutor,” Moyer and co-writer Michael Winship marveled at the absurdity of an event that seemed like “a practical joke.”
With Tuesday’s national narrative focused on Sally Yates humiliation of Republican Senators trying to defend Trump, they write:
How to change the story? How to send the bloodhounds of the press howling down another trail?
Fire Comey, and say you don’t like the way he handled the Hillary Clinton email affair, although last year — gasp! — you lavished praise on him for doing exactly what you now say he screwed up.
Moyer and Winship are not buying it.
But clearly, something else is going on here. Could it be that Comey’s investigation of Russia’s interference with our election was getting closer and closer to Trump? Is that why the Trump gang pushed him out the nearest window…?
Bottom line: Is the White House simply trying to cover up the truth? That question answers itself.
While Comey’s firing is unprecedented, the piece manages to bring historical context to the brazen act:
Trump’s dismissal of Comey smacks of what the autocrats in Turkey, Egypt, and the Philippines would do – each of them praised recently by Trump, who clearly sees them as role models. It is also more than a little reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s 1973 Saturday Night Massacre. Nixon wanted to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox but his attorney general and deputy attorney general refused to do his dirty work. They were fired, too. In [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions, Trump has a more compliant stooge.
The article is a must-read for every concerned American and provides an air-tight case for it’s chilling conclusion:
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Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com