The one-word headline blared in all-caps: SABOTAGE.

The urgent missive hit inboxes of President Donald Trump’s supporters (and reporters) just minutes after a second damaging story in 24 hours was published, this one alleging that fired FBI Director James Comey wrote memos saying that Trump asked him to drop the FBI investigation into Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

Just a day earlier, the White House sought to push back on a report in The Washington Post that Trump revealed classified information to the Russians in an Oval Office meeting last week.

The Republican Party and Trump’s reelection committee were fundraising off Trump’s very challenging news cycle.

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