The departure of President Donald Trump on the first foreign trip of his term caps off arguably the most chaotic two-week period of his presidency.
From a big victory on Capitol Hill to controversial Senate testimony, unplanned disclosures and special counsel appointments, the period from May 4 through today has been a bumpy one.
Here is a rundown of the biggest stories out of Washington, D.C., from the past two weeks.
May 4: Health care bill passes the House
House Republicans passed what they’ve described as their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, after several fits and starts, sending the measure to the Senate, where it is expected to be significantly revised.
The bill passed the House in a narrow 217-213 vote. All Democrats opposed the bill.
Following the House vote, House Republicans celebrated with a press conference at the White House Rose Garden where Trump touted the bill as a “great plan” even though they got “no support from the other party.”
“What we have is something very, very incredibly well-crafted,” Trump said of the bill.
May 8: Yates testifies that Flynn was compromised
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified that she informed the White House counsel that the Department of Justice believed that then–national security adviser Michael Flynn could be subject to blackmail by the Russian government.
Yates, who drew the ire of Trump for issuing instructions to the Department of Justice not to defend his first travel ban executive order, said during her testimony that she had two in-person meetings with White House Counsel Don McGahn to discuss concerns about Flynn.
Referring to the DOJ, she said, “We believed Gen. Flynn was compromised in regards to the Russians.”
Yates said that not only was his conduct “problematic in it of itself” but also that Vice President Mike Pence and the American people had been misled.
“To state the obvious, you don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians,” she said.
That same day, now-former FBI Director James Comey briefed some members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that he had asked for more money and staffing from the DOJ. Comey’s request was made directly to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein — the man who would recommend his firing.
May 9: Comey fired
Rosenstein wrote a memorandum, dated May 9, to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, criticizing Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation as well as his July 5 press conference on the FBI’s findings in the Clinton probe.
“I cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken,” Rosenstein wrote.
Shortly after 5 p.m. ET that day, Trump called several members of Congress to inform them of his decision to fire Comey.
Around 5:40 p.m., news broke that Comey had been fired. A statement from the White House said…