On Tuesday, many were in complete shock upon learning that President Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey. He is not, of course, the first high-ranking individual the president has relieved of his or her duties.
Though Trump has only been in office for a few months, he has created quite a trail of crushed careers, notes USA Today.
For the most part, those affected were reportedly involved with investigations into Trump and matters that involve his business and political worlds.
Click through reaction to Trump's firing of James Comey:
Reaction to Trump's firing of James Comey
Reaction to Trump's firing of James Comey
But does anyone seriously believe @realDonaldTrump fired the top person investigating his ties to Russia because he was unfair to Hillary?
Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation
Gov. John Kasich statement on James Comey https://t.co/Wrwj6sGqnz
Removal of Director Comey only confirms need for select cmte to investigate #Russia's interference in 2016 election https://t.co/LfKlwSw6iQ
EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of… https://t.co/NZY4qh3uiz
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
Firing of Comey tainted by extraordinary conflict of interest. Independent prosecutor must be appointed to restore… https://t.co/lXBIJtTf18
First Pres Trump fired Sally Yates, then Preet Bharara. Now #Comey. Doesn't seem like an accident. We must have a special prosecutor.
If we don't get a special prosecutor, every American will rightfully suspect that the decision to fire #Comey was part of a cover-up.
We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis.
Comey's fired, which means Trump must be one of the few people in DC that the FBI doesn't have something on.
My statement on James Comey https://t.co/NWBR8FGTCf
Elijah Cummings is calling for "immediate emergency hearings". https://t.co/iMsNmdPmHi
LEAHY: "This is nothing less than Nixonian." https://t.co/n4R4fWSgib
Sen. John McCain on Comey firing: "I regret that that took place. The president does have that authority, so I resp… https://t.co/pSEu3XXsj5
Statement on FBI Director Comey ➡ https://t.co/vB822Nw5OR
This should not be sugar coated. Firing Comey is up there in terms of the scariest things Trump has done.
I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.
My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of… https://t.co/qcm1PiFkNG
Ds were against Comey before they were for him.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ Statement on Director Comey
Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
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Among that group, the first to go was former acting attorney general Sally Yates, who was fired at the end of January. According to the White House, the cause was her refusal to back Trump's travel ban, notes the New York Times.
It has since been revealed that Yates reportedly obtained evidence that then national security adviser Michael Flynn was compromised and at risk of being manipulated by a foreign government. According to Yates, she immediately warned the White House, but, there was a lag in requesting Flynn's resignation, notes CNN.
Next came the mass firing of U.S. attorneys, including Preet Bharara.
Bharara served New York's Southern District, which houses Trump's business enterprise. He was also reportedly investigating Fox News and Tom Price, who later became the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Bharara said he had been asked by the then president-elect to stay on, so, like many, was quite surprised when, on March 11, he was forced to leave, notes USA Today.
Then, of course, is James Comey who was abruptly fired on May 9. The reason given involved the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.
Due to Comey's investigation into Russia, the 2016 election, and possible collusion with Trump campaign, that explanation is being questioned by many.