A brief guide to the extraordinary events leading to the Comey hearing

Trump calling him a “showboat” isn’t exactly off the mark. It’s hard to overstate the historic significance of what’s going to take place on Capitol Hill on Thursday: A recently fired FBI director will accuse a sitting US president of trying to scuttle an investigation into one of his aides. The Senate Intelligence Committee has released the testimony that former FBI Director James Comey will be giving at Thursday’s hearing, and it has big, troubling…

"A brief guide to the extraordinary events leading to the Comey hearing"

Comey’s testimony kind of proves Trump right. It also damns him entirely.

Trump’s lawyer says he’s “vindicated.” Hahaha, no. When Donald Trump fired James Comey on May 9, one line in his letter stuck out as odd: “I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation.” Within days, that line had unraveled the White House’s official explanation for why Comey was fired, and revealed that President Trump had decided to fire Comey at least in part because of the FBI’s…

"Comey’s testimony kind of proves Trump right. It also damns him entirely."

James Comey had a bad feeling about Trump from the start

Comey worried that Trump didn’t know, or care, that the FBI is supposed to be independent. The most revealing thing about the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote about his dealings with President Trump is that he felt compelled to write them in the first place. Comey wrote the first of them on a laptop in an FBI vehicle on January 6, just minutes after finishing his first meeting with the president-elect at Trump…

"James Comey had a bad feeling about Trump from the start"

The “obstruction of justice” tweets are already flying

The prepared testimony of former FBI Director James Comey was released Wednesday afternoon — and at least two prominent legal scholars were quick to say they saw it making the case that President Trump attempted to obstruct justice. In the testimony, which the Senate Intelligence Committee released the afternoon before Comey was scheduled to deliver it, Comey writes that Trump brought up the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and said to…

"The “obstruction of justice” tweets are already flying"

The Comey testimony reveals a Nixonian White House

Like Trump, Nixon valued loyalty and minimized criminality. It’s hard to pull out the single most striking moment in the bombshell testimony that fired FBI Director James Comey has provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but this segment, describing a phone call between Comey and President Trump on March 30, is particularly eerie: The President went on to say that if there were some “satellite” associates of his who did something wrong, it would be…

"The Comey testimony reveals a Nixonian White House"

Donald Trump’s presidency is an American crisis

America isn’t being made great. It’s being made weak. On Friday, January 6, FBI Director James Comey met with President-elect Donald Trump. His task was awkward; he needed to inform Trump that the FBI’s counterterrorism unit was investigating claims that Russia had embarrassing blackmail material on the billionaire real estate developer. Something in Trump’s reaction disturbed Comey. “I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the President-Elect in a memo,” he recalls in testimony…

"Donald Trump’s presidency is an American crisis"

Study: the wave of hostility under Trump is going to make us sick

Researchers are warning of long-term health consequences from the 2016 election. As Robert Lewis Jr. predicted, America is becoming a more hostile and racist place under President Donald Trump. The week after the election, I met Lewis, an African-American retiree and a longtime civil rights activist, on a reporting trip to Concordia, Louisiana. Lewis told me he was afraid that prejudice — and any fragile gains in basic civil rights for black people — was…

"Study: the wave of hostility under Trump is going to make us sick"

Trump says Democrats broke Obamacare. Voters: actually, you did.

This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here. President Trump on Wednesday traveled to Ohio, which is now struggling to keep health insurers selling on its Affordable Care Act marketplace. Anthem announced it would quit that marketplace Tuesday, leaving 20 counties there with no plans signed up…

"Trump says Democrats broke Obamacare. Voters: actually, you did."

“They’re not even people”: Why Eric Trump’s dehumanizing language matters

The psychology of what happens when we think our opponents are less than human is troubling. On Tuesday night, Eric Trump told Sean Hannity how he really feels about Democrats and his father’s political opponents: “To me, they’re not even people. I’ve never seen hatred like this.” The statement is of the hyperbolic sort that commonly plays on Fox News’s opinion programming. But this is considerably more troubling. The language is plainly dehumanizing, and such…

"“They’re not even people”: Why Eric Trump’s dehumanizing language matters"

James Comey’s dramatic prepared testimony about President Trump, explained

The fired FBI director was troubled enough to document several encounters with the president in great detail. Fired FBI Director James Comey plans to give dramatic testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, describing a series of encounters with President Trump that troubled him enough to lead him to document them in great detail. “I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the President-Elect in a memo. To ensure accuracy, I began to type…

"James Comey’s dramatic prepared testimony about President Trump, explained"