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Placing Trump's Firing Of Comey In Historical Context09:42Download

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J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, gives a speech during testimony before a Senate committee in 1953 in Washington, D.C. (Bob Mulligan/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, gives a speech during testimony before a Senate committee in 1953 in Washington, D.C. (Bob Mulligan/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey has drawn historical comparisons to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" in 1973, in which President Richard Nixon fired the special prosecutor who had been investigating the Watergate scandal.

But historians Brian Balogh (@historyfellow) and Nathan Connolly (@ndbconnolly) tell Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson that to fully understand the relationship between a president and FBI director, one must look further back to J. Edgar Hoover, who oversaw the bureau under six presidents from 1924 to 1972.

Balogh and Connolly are co-hosts of the podcast BackStory, which is produced at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

This segment aired on May 11, 2017.

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