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A Brief History of Presidents Firing People - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Jul 04,2017
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

Photograph by Andrew Harrer–Pool/Getty Images.

Source Washingtonian

By Tevi Troy

WASHINGTON, DC. - Before he was the President, Donald Trump was most famous for booting people on TV - a habit that has proved hard to quit. So far, acting attorney general Sally Yates, national-security adviser Michael Flynn, and FBI director James Comey (above) have all found themselves on the receiving end of the onetime TV host’s catchphrase, “You’re fired.”

But while Trump might be the first reality star to become President, he’s hardly the first President to do high-profile firing. We combed through the history of executive dismissals to see who really stood out.

1. Best Known, Worst Bungled

Amid the Watergate investigation, Richard Nixon asked attorney general Elliot Richardson and his deputy, William Ruckelshaus, to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who months earlier had subpoenaed Nixon’s Oval Office recordings. Both lawyers opted to resign instead. In the wake of what was dubbed the Saturday Night Massacre, the President’s approval rating dropped to 27 percent. Four decades on, the presidential oustings are still the most infamous.

Source Washingtonian

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