Among the most prominent officials President Trump has fired since taking office are Sally Yates, Preet Bharara, and James Comey.
What they have in common: They all were investigating Trump when they got fired, and there's a Russia thread in each of their cases.
Sally Yates, fired Jan. 30, 2017:
- Former acting Attorney General
- Ordered the DOJ not to defend Trump's travel ban, which he issued within days of taking office.
- As acting AG, Yates was key to the investigation into Trump's aides and their potential connections to Russia — she was collecting intelligence on the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and which members of the Trump team he had been in contact with. (That includes Mike Flynn, who was fired due to his communications with the ambassador.)
Preet Bharara, fired March 11, 2017:
- Former U.S. Attorney
- Put up a fight to continue his job even after Trump announced he would seek the resignation from all U.S. attorneys.
- Bharara was investigating Trump's HHS Secretary Tom Price for his financial investments.
- Bharara was also investigating corrupt Russian businessmen and officials (and a witness for the case was pushed or fell from a window the day before he was set to testify in another court case).
James Comey, fired May 9, 2017:
- Former FBI Director
- Announced the DOJ would not prosecute Hillary Clinton over her emails, but then announced a new revelation about her emails right before the presidential election.
- Comey was, like Yates, investigating Trump's Russia ties, which he revealed on March 20.