The prevailing White House view was that time is on the side of the president, that as the shock of what is being called the "Saturday Night Massacre" wears off, the legality and propriety of Mr. Nixon's actions will be broadly endorsed by Republicans.
Unlike Richardson, who was appointed by Nixon, Yates was a holdover from the party that just lost power. Her action, and her dismissal, did not have the shock value of the firing by Nixon of his own appointees. ...Nixon was concealing a crime. Trump was attempting to defend a policy decision.
It's a little early to know the extent to which this is a constitutional crisis. There are a lot of people jumping rather fast to analogizing this to the "Saturday Night Massacre." That unfolded a little differently, and the dismissals were different than these conditions. It had to do with arguable misconduct. … So this is a little different in that the president just issued executive order, and they're saying that might not be lawful. It's more about who's got authority in the executive branch about the legality of an executive order.