As shock waves rippled throughout Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday, the firing of #James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Intelligence, was the topic on hand.

The White House gave a varied and at times contradictory record of accounts, changing their story every few days or even hours, as the rumors that floated to the surface of the political pond – or swamp – seemed to paint a picture of a festering relationship between a #rebel lawmaker and an easily-infuriated President who valued honesty and loyalty above all else.

“He’d lost confidence in Director Comey and, frankly, he’d been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a Whitehouse spokesperson had said on Thursday to the New York Times.

Comey’s firing had, according to aides, been sealed when he gave his most recent testimony about the Russia-Clinton email use investigation to Congress. President Trump had looked on and was of the opinion that Comey was grandstanding. Trump was also annoyed when Comey described feeling “mildly nauseous” to think that his managing of the email case had changed the course of the US election; this, according to Trump, was demanding to him.