Donald Trump could be in huge, “YUGE” trouble.
The President stunned millions of Americans recently after he abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, and it’s a move that’s already being described as his ‘Watergate’ moment.
It’s a staggering move. The sacking was so abrupt in fact, that Comey allegedly only learned of the news after he saw it flash up on a screen while he was giving a speech.
But what does it all mean for Trump?
Well, people online have already begun speculating that the move could prove to be the ‘start of the end’ for Trump’s Presidency, and the strongest sign yet that Trump could be heading for impeachment.
As the New York Times reports, Trump fired Comey in an attempt to stop the investigation which could have “potentially ruinous consequences for the administration.”
The paper also alleged that Trump’s move could have actively stopped further investigations into his potential links with Russia, which would be “one of the biggest political scandals” in American political history.
The White House has stated that Comey was fired over the way he approached the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server investigation.
However, the staggering thing to bear in mind is that Donald Trump is currently under FBI investigation over his possible ties to Russia, and Comey was actually heading up the investigation.
Chris Van Hollen, Democrat senator for Maryland, came out criticising Trump in emphatic style by saying: “Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between Trump campaign and the Russians.”
People are also drawing parallels between Trump’s latest move and the steps taken by former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s.
The move bears a striking similarity between Nixon’s decision in 1973 to fire Archibald Cox during the so called “Saturday Night Massacre”. Cox at the time was investigating him following the events of the Watergate scandal the years before.
— CNN International (@cnni) May 9, 2017
Speaking to CNN, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin made comparisons between the two events, saying: “I have not seen anything like this since October 20, 1973, when President 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.”
Just a year after Nixon sacked Cox, an impeachment process against Nixon began, and he resigned shortly afterwards.
If the reaction is anything to go by, online commentators are suggesting things could be heading down a similar route for Donald Trump. This could be the beginning of the end for America’s 45th President.