The Trump administration has been in crisis mode for months, with multiple reports and leaks suggesting a far more sinister agenda for the Trump presidency.
And now, the White House is facing an embarrassing crisis of confidence, as former FBI Director James Comey’s abrupt firing has triggered an intense public feud that could soon threaten the president’s grip on the presidency.
The Trump White Senate, meanwhile, is embroiled in a fierce political fight over a number of key issues, including whether to impeach Trump and whether the president can fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Here are some of the latest stories from Washington, including the president himself, who has made a habit of flouting Senate rules and even the Senate rules for the past several months.
Ahead of Trump’s decision to fire Comey, Vice President Mike Pence said he believed the president had the right to fire the FBI director over Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Trump, however, fired Comey because of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and his alleged obstruction of justice, and also because the FBI Director had said publicly that Trump had “lost confidence” in him, according to a senior White House official.
The official also said the President did not believe Comey had done enough to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, which were the subject of the FBI’s probe into possible collusion between Trump associates and Moscow.
According to a Washington Post report, the FBI is investigating whether the Trump administration colluded with Russian officials to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has repeatedly denied that he colluded in any way with Russia.
He has repeatedly said that the FBI and Justice Department should be independent and impartial, and that Comey was “not very good” at doing his job.
The Trump White Council has reportedly decided that the best course of action would be to oust Comey and replace him with Sessions.
According a Politico report, Vice Adm.
Mike Rogers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been meeting with Trump, and has warned the President that he could be replaced with a replacement if the President does not remove the FBI chief.
Trump has already rejected that suggestion, saying the FBI has not changed much since Comey was appointed.
Trump said he would fire Comey if the FBI “came to me and said, ‘We are investigating your campaign ties to Russians’ and I said, I am not going to fire them.”
But Sessions has said he will not be fired if the investigation goes nowhere.