President Trump has said he abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey this week because, "Very simply, he was not doing a good job." Later, the president said, "When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said 'you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.'" Days earlier, around the time that Comey reportedly requested more funding for the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia's election tampering, the President tweeted:
The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
There are many reports analyzing why Comey was fired, not to mention ample speculation about whether deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is being used by the administration to give cover to Trump's decision, while the stated reasons that went into the decision continue to shift. But at least we have this illustration for next week's New Yorker help put the whole thing into terms everyone can understand.
— David Muto (@davidmuto) May 11, 2017
Illustrator Barry Blitt said, "It’s probably a bit of a leap. James Comey is six feet eight—he probably would have been happy to give up his seat in a cramped cabin.”
The New Yorker's Instagram for its cartoons has also been remarking on recent events:
Will the New Yorker's cartoonists get into the "We finally agree on something Rosie" meme?
We finally agree on something Rosie. https://t.co/BSP5F3PgbZ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2017
Or perhaps this morning's instant classic:
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017