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Witcover: Ousting his attorney general, Trump barrels into Nixon territory

Witcover: Ousting his attorney general, Trump barrels into Nixon territory

President Donald Trump's long-expected firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be a prelude to an outrageous, blatant political crime that could make the Watergate scandal of the 1970s pale in comparison.

Mr. Trump's accompanying appointment as acting attorney general of Matthew Whitaker, Mr. Sessions' former chief of staff, immediately triggered speculation that Mr. Whitaker might scuttle the Russian elections investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as Mr. Trump has long sought.

Mr. Whitaker is on record advocating its abandonment, and thus removing the prime cloud over the Trump presidency throughout its tenure. Such an overt act by a new attorney general not...

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