“I regret it, I think it’s unfortunate,” McCain told the Washington Post. “The president does have that constitutional authority. But I can’t help but think that this is not a good thing for America.”
McCain did not directly suggest that the firing was motivated by President Trump’s desire to quash the investigation into Russian connections to the Trump campaign, but he did allude to President Nixon’s firing of Watergate investigators in 1973. Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. They refused and resigned in protest. Nixon then gave the order to Solicitor General Robert Bork, who reluctantly complied. FBI agents were then dispatched to close the offices of dismissed officials. The event became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre.”
“I remember the Saturday Night Massacre,” McCain said.
“This scandal is going to go on. I’ve seen it before,” McCain said. “This is a centipede. I guarantee you there will be more shoes to drop, I can just guarantee it. There’s just too much information that we don’t have that will be coming out.”
Senator McCain had previously issued a statement responding to the firing in which he said that he was “disappointed in the President’s decision.” The statement also reaffirmed McCain’s call for a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the election.