Here is a great assessment by Daniel Lazare:
The Washington Post and New York Times editors are trying to relive the glory days of their youth by comparing Trump’s firing of FBI chief James Comey to Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre at the height of Watergate. Donald Trump, it seems, is a threat to democracy just as Tricky Dick was more than 40 years ago, so the only thing that can save us is a special prosecutor who will get to the bottom of Russia-gate once and for all.
But not only is this nonsense, it’s pernicious nonsense that itself amounts to a cover-up. Here’s how Russia-gate is not the same as Watergate and why, in fact, it’s the opposite:
Difference No. 1: Watergate was about a real event, the June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee’s offices at the Watergate Hotel in which five people were caught red-handed in the act.
Difference No. 2: Russia-gate is not about democracy but about neo-McCarthyism and war.
Difference No. 3: Where Watergate was about blocking a cover-up, Russia-gate is about perpetuating one.
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There is one similarity - both are related to someone's desire to remove a Republican president from office. Now who could that be?