William Ruckelshaus, fired in Watergate probe, reflects on Trump’s firing decision in immigration ban

William Ruckelshaus was deputy attorney general when he refused Nixon’s order to fire a special prosecutor assigned to Watergate. Ruckelshaus, who now lives in Medina, suggested Trump take more care in issuing executive orders.

Not many people know what it’s like to publicly say no to the most powerful man in the world, who also happens to be your boss.

Sally Yates does. On Monday, Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration, refused to defend President Trump’s controversial refugee and immigrant ban. Hours later, he fired her from her post as acting attorney general.

William Ruckelshaus also knows what it’s like.

He was deputy attorney general in 1973 when he refused an order from President Nixon to fire the special prosecutor who was investigating Watergate.


“In my judgment the decision to fire Archibald Cox was…

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