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Donald Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon
President Trump said he didn't fire special counsel Robert Mueller because firings "didn't work out too well" for former President Richard Nixon.
Trump compared himself with the only president in the nation's history to resign in a portion of his interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos aired Sunday.
"I wasn't gonna fire [Mueller], you know why? Because I watched Richard Nixon go around firing everybody, and that didn't work out too well," Trump said in the interview.
Trump was likely referring to Nixon's infamous Saturday Night Massacre, when Nixon ordered his top officials to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox amid the investigation into Watergate. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus both refused Nixon's order and resigned. Cox was fired by Solicitor General Robert Bork following Nixon's order.
Nixon, facing an impeachment inquiry, ultimately resigned.
As ABC points out, Trump's claim is refuted by the Mueller report which alleges Trump instructed White House Counsel Don McGahn to have acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dismiss Mueller.
Trump told ABC News "it doesn't matter" what McGahn said under oath.
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