In my mind, Mr. Comey's firing encapsulates everything President Trump has been doing wrong. He did not consider how the act would appear to the American public (to wit, a cover-up). Mr. Trump's letter to Mr. Comey states that the former FBI director asserted Mr. Trump was not under investigation. Several news sources, including CNN and NPR, are reporting that this is not true. Although President Trump told NBC News that the firing had been planned, this looks not to be the case, considering a replacement has not even been named.