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Witcover: A familiar route to impeachment

Witcover: A familiar route to impeachment

Donald Trump certainly is no Richard Nixon, but his strategy to avoid possible impeachment is beginning to look more and more like the one that failed to avoid Nixon's ouster in the Watergate scandal of more than 43 years ago.

The surprise decision of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to resign, if that was what it was rather than being pushed out, was hauntingly similar to the departures of the two top Justice Department officials in 1973 who quit rather than follow Nixon's orders to fire special Watergate investigator Archibald Cox.

In what came to be called The Saturday Night Massacre, Attorney General Elliot Richardson and then his chief deputy, William Ruckelshaus, both...