During an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Thursday morning, Vice President Mike Pence called for special counsel Robert Mueller to “wrap it up.”
“What I think is that it’s been a year since this investigation began, our administration has provided over a million documents, we’ve fully cooperated in it, and in the interest of the country I think it’s time to wrap it up,” Pence said. “And I would very respectfully encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion.”
As Morning Joe noted, the content and tone of Pence’s call for the special counsel to end his investigation was remarkably similar to what President Richard Nixon said in January 1974 about the special prosecutor who was investigating him, Leon Jaworski.
“As you know, I have provided to the special prosecutor voluntarily a great deal of material,” Nixon said. “I believe that I have provided all of the material that he needs to conclude his investigations, and to proceed to prosecute the guilty and to clear the innocent. I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of this matter to an end. One year of watergate is enough.”
Watch the two clips back to back for yourself:
Morning Joe put together clip of Pence using Nixon's old talking points to call for end of Mueller investigation pic.twitter.com/u343CweV4e
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 10, 2018
Nixon’s speech came three months after he fired the first prosecutor appointed to investigate Watergate, Archibald Cox, in the “Saturday Night Massacre.” Cox’s termination backfired — it both galvanized public opinion against Nixon, and failed to end the investigation. Jaworski was appointed to replace Cox about two weeks after the Saturday Night Massacre.
And as it turned out, one year of Watergate was not quite enough. After smoking gun evidence emerged that Nixon had lied about his involvement in the Watergate break-in, he resigned from office in August 1974 — about seven months after he called for the special prosecutor to wrap it up.