Durbin: ‘Monday Night Massacre’ with Sally Yates the Same as Nixon’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre’
HEILEMANN: "Senator, I know you came out and said you were going to vote no on the nomination of Attorney General Sessions, and I am curious as to the extent as to which President Trump’s decision to fire the attorney general the other night plays into that, whether your decision on Sessions is strictly on Sessions, or whether that decision by the president has played into your decision on the new potential attorney general?"
DURBIN: "To put it into context, the so-called Monday night massacre, I can remember the Saturday night massacre during Watergate —"
SCARBOROUGH: "Are they the same here?"
DURBIN: "They are the same in this respect. In this case, an acting attorney general said the president is asking me to do something which in good conscience I cannot do, and that’s exactly what happened in the Saturday night massacre. [indecipherable] president Nixon had to disclose Archibald Cox was going to be fired. Elliott Richardson William Ruckelshaus said we are not going to serve a president who will fire somebody who follows the law."