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Is it fair to equate Trump with Nixon?

On the 43rd anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation, historian Timothy Naftali warns we shouldn't be so quick to liken President Trump to him.

From his earliest days in the White House, President Donald Trump has inspired some to muse on his perceived similarities to Richard Nixon. But it wasn’t until after President Trump fired FBI director James Comey on May 9—in the midst of an investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 election—that the debate came to dominate the headlines: Were we witnessing the Watergate of a new generation?

Timothy Naftali, clinical associate professor of history and public service and co-director of New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War, served as the founding director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, where he was tasked with telling the story of Watergate from a nonpartisan perspective and overseeing the public release of 1.3 million presidential documents and 700 hours of audio recordings.

On the 43th anniversary of the day Nixon resigned, Naftali reflects on Nixon’s legacy in the context of a new presidential controversy.

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