The biggest story of the last week in Washington was the resignation of FBI Director James Comey, and it’s only the second major national scandal in recent memory to reach the Oval Office.
The former director, who was fired by Trump in May, has been widely panned, and his firing is the subject of a special congressional investigation.
This week’s major news comes in the form of an explosive New York Times report about a Trump campaign aide’s contact with Russian operatives, which has led to a special counsel and congressional hearings.
But it also has implications for several other national security matters: how much leverage Trump’s team may have in a potential investigation; the extent to which Trump’s advisers have colluded with Russian intelligence operatives; and whether Trump will be able to use his new power to pressure lawmakers and the public to cooperate.
Below, we take a look at each of the biggest scandals of the week.
The story of Trump-Russian collusion The Trump administration is under growing pressure from lawmakers, prosecutors and civil rights organizations to fully cooperate with congressional probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
That includes the investigation into whether Trump’s associates colluded in the campaign.
A week ago, a federal judge in Washington issued a temporary restraining order against Trump and his allies over the Russia probe.
The judge’s order came amid the Trump administration’s first public comments since his inauguration about the investigation, and as the president continued to defend his decision to fire Comey.
On Friday, the president took to Twitter to express his frustration with the judge’s ruling.
“I just fired the FBI Director, he was crazy, a real nut job.
He was crazy from the start,” Trump tweeted.
“It is now the FBI’s turn to be smart and run the FBI the right way!”
It’s also not the first time the Trump team has taken aim at the investigation.
In February, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a criminal probe into the Russia investigation, in the wake of the Times story.
It’s unclear how Sessions plans to proceed with the investigation given the president’s tweet.
Trump’s allies are pushing for an even stronger response.
In recent days, Trump allies have used Twitter to accuse the federal government of an “apartheid” and a “dictatorship” in the United States, and to accuse Attorney General Loretta Lynch of “witch hunts.”
The latest tweet came on Saturday, the day after Sessions announced the criminal investigation into Russia.
“This whole thing has been an absolute disgrace.
The Justice Department is a total disgrace.
This is an absolute disaster.
They’re just trying to take down our president,” tweeted White House senior adviser Steve Bannon.
Aides to Trump also attacked the investigation as a “witch hunt” and said the investigation should be “shut down,” and Trump himself tweeted that “any investigation should end.
On Monday, the Trump transition team told reporters that the president believes he has the authority to fire the FBI director, but said the president has no intention of doing so.
Trump did not address the allegations directly in his tweet on Saturday.
“There are many, many things that are being said about him and he has no intentions of firing the person he’s looking to replace,” Trump said.
But the President’s comments on Twitter came at a time when the White House has struggled to hold on to key members of its administration, including deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The president has publicly attacked Powell, Sanders and her deputy, Ben Rhodes, for their handling of the Russia inquiry.
Sanders told reporters on Monday that she is “committed to the White Houses investigation” and is “looking forward to the completion of it,” while Powell, who has been at the White Helmets, an international relief agency, told reporters she is committed to “getting to the bottom of what happened.”
The president’s allies also have taken to Twitter, accusing the Justice Department of an attempt to “steal the election.”
“We will be the most transparent administration in history.
We will be a constitutional republic,” wrote one supporter.
“We cannot have an independent investigation, a separate independent prosecutor, and a separate special counsel,” wrote another.
A senior Trump adviser, counselor Kellyanne Conway, told CNN on Monday morning that the investigation will “end up being an open and shut case,” but did not comment on the president and his supporters’ claims.
Trump is also under growing scrutiny from Democrats.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has begun circulating a petition asking the president to release any documents related to the Russia investigations.
“Trump is the only president who has not cooperated with the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation,” DNC vice chairwoman Donna Brazile wrote in a tweet on Sunday.
“As we’ve seen, he can’t get his hands around his own FBI director.
So he should release documents and testimony to the Committee, as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, on Monday, House Minority