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J. Scott Applewhite, Alex Brandon / AP

First he was accused of causing Hillary's loss in November, and now FBI Director James Comey has the power to do serious damage to Trump's presidency with an investigation into Trump-Russia contacts. As Comey went back and forth on Hillary's email scandal, Trump went back and forth on his feelings for Comey. Below is a timeline of their relationship, from early July until today:

1. Trump hates Comey, July 5-October 27, 2016. Comey got his first dose of hate from Donald Trump and his supporters during the Clinton email scandal. In July, Comey announced there was nothing to indict Hillary Clinton for, but then went on to contradict Clinton's statements about how she used her personal server.

FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2016

2. Trump loves Comey, October 28-November 6. The tables turned when Comey reopened the case after new emails were found on Anthony Wiener's laptop. With fewer than 2 weeks before the election, Trumpworld became Comey's loudest defender, and Clintonworld his most ardent accuser.

Hillary and the Dems loved and praised FBI Director Comey just a few days ago. Original evidence was overwhelming, should not have delayed! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2016

3. Trump hates Comey, November 6-9. There was nothing in the new emails,, and 2 days before the election Comey repeated his July decision that Clinton hadn't done anything wrong. But the damage had already been done, according to Clinton's campaign and supporters.

FBI COMEY COMEDY: Mr Trump blasts FBI Director James Comey : 'You can't review 650,000 new emails in 8 days' ! #electionmockery #rigedsystem pic.twitter.com/0gJrawJlRE — TRUMP ANOMALY® (@ANOMALY1) November 7, 2016

4. Trump loves Comey, January 11-March 20. With Clinton's emails behind him, the FBI quietly pivoted to investigation — Trump and Russia. When questioned by the Senate in early January whether the FBI was investigating connections, Comey refused to say. Trump also let Comey keep his job.

5. Today, Comey revealed that the FBI was investigating Trump contacts with Russia during the House Select Intelligence Committee's hearing, but he couldn't give details. Comey also said there's no evidence to back up Trump's allegations of Obama wiretapping, adding that "no president" could order a wiretap.

Before the hearing, Trump tweeted:

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Afterward, when asked if the President still had complete trust in Comey, Sean Spicer said, "There's no reason to believe he doesn't at this time."

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In photos: Long lines and fuel shortages amid Colonial Pipeline shutdown

A sign warns consumers on the avaliability of gasoline at a RaceTrac gas station in Smyrna, Georgia, on May 11. The average national price of gasoline has risen to $2.985 a gallon, Bloomberg notes. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images

Reports of fuel shortages across the U.S. emerged on Tuesday as the national average for gasoline prices soared to its highest level since 2014 amid a key fuel pipeline shut down, per Bloomberg.

What's happening: Operator Colonial Pipeline aims to have service restored by the week's end following last Friday's ransomware attack that shut down some 5,500 miles of pipeline from Texas to New Jersey. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) declared a state of emergency after panic-buying created a fuel shortage.

Reports: More than 100 Republicans threaten to form 3rd party over Trump

Former President Trump addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, in February. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

More than 100 Republicans will sign a letter Thursday threatening to create a third party if the GOP doesn't "break" with former President Trump, Reuters first reported.

Why it matters: Per Axios' Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, Trump's grip on the GOP has gotten stronger since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The Republican Party's "allegiance to Trump" as he continues to make false claims about his 2020 election loss has "dismayed" the group, according to Reuters.

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In photos: Dozens dead as Israel and Hamas intensify aerial bombardments

People gather at the site of a collapsed building in the aftermath of Israeli air strikes on Gaza City on May 11. Photo: Mahmud Hams / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images

At least 35 Palestinians and five Israelis have been killed as fighting between Israel's military and Hamas entered a third day, per Reuters.

The big picture: The worst aerial exchanges of fire between Israel and Hamas since 2014 come after escalating violence in Jerusalem that injured hundreds of Palestinians and several Israeli police officers during protests over the planned evictions of Palestinian families from their homes.

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