Feb 11, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Woodward and Bernstein compare Trump and Nixon

The tapes

Watergate timeline at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif. Photo: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

"Nixon fired the man investigating him. Will Trump? ... Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein look back on the [1973] Saturday Night Massacre," adapted from their 1976 book, "The Final Days" — Lead of WashPost Outlook section:

"We’re here again. A powerful and determined president is squaring off against an independent investigator operating inside the Justice Department."

Key quotes:

  • "We covered that eerily similar confrontation for The Washington Post 45 years ago."
  • "Nixon didn’t know it at the time, but the Saturday Night Massacre would become a pivot point in his presidency — crucial to the charge that he’d obstructed justice."
  • "For him, the consequences were terminal."
  • Worthy of your time.
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