The IRS scandal has reached a fever pitch, and Congress and the president are facing an unprecedented crisis that could derail a fragile midterm campaign.
Here’s what you need know about what’s going on. 1 of 22 Full Screen Autoplay Close Skip Ad × In pictures: What we know about President Donald Trump and his administration since taking office View Photos Trump and congressional Republicans are facing a $1 trillion deficit and the first significant legislative defeat in their first year in the White House.
Here are some of the latest details.
Caption Trump and Congress are facing the first major legislative defeat since taking power, a budget deficit that could cause the first shutdown in modern history.
Here is a timeline of the scandals and scandals the government is currently embroiled in.
March 24: The White House and Trump’s White House counsel, Don McGahn, are accused of conspiring to defraud the IRS and other federal agencies.
The House Oversight Committee launches an investigation into the allegations.
The White Senate Office of Legal Counsel is also investigating the allegations of wrongdoing.
May 1: A federal judge orders a preliminary injunction halting Trump’s executive order suspending deportations for 120 days.
May 3: Trump signs an executive order that temporarily blocks the U.S. government from accepting Syrian refugees.
Trump orders a review of the refugee program.
June 1: The IRS begins a criminal investigation into whether Trump’s tax returns were properly audited.
The IRS says it plans to publish those results.
June 2: The House Ways and Means Committee subpoenas the White Senate office for documents related to Trump’s business dealings.
July 5: The Senate Committee on Finance holds a hearing on whether the IRS was unlawfully targeting conservative groups and Republicans in 2020 and 2021.
July 6: Trump denies a report that he told a Russian official during a White House dinner that he would not be prosecuted for his tax returns because of his Russia connections.
Trump fires his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, amid allegations of improper contacts with Russian officials.
The Senate Intelligence Committee holds a public hearing on the Russian meddling allegations.
July 8: The FBI releases a report alleging that Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
Trump dismisses the report as fake news.
The Trump administration asks Congress for a supplemental budget to help pay for the FBI investigation into Russia’s election interference and potential ties to the Trump campaign.
July 13: Trump tweets that he’s going to sue the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for “the false statements, omissions and misrepresentations that have occurred in this matter.”
The House Committee holds another public hearing about Russia’s interference in the election.
July 15: The U.N. General Assembly votes to pass a resolution condemning Russia for its interference in its election and for trying to destabilize the U,S., and Europe.
July 16: The Justice Department says it has opened a criminal probe into potential coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.
The Justice Committee also holds a second public hearing, this time focusing on Russian meddling in the U.,S.
A number of Trump’s associates, including former national-security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, are also investigated by the FBI.
August 3: Flynn resigns as national-secrets-committee director amid allegations he lied to Vice President Pence about conversations with the Russian ambassador to Washington.
August 8: Trump fires Flynn, saying he made a mistake in talking to Russian officials about sanctions imposed after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Trump says he is prepared to testify under oath before the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees.
The president fires Flynn again.
August 11: Trump says in a tweet that he fired Flynn because of the “fake news” that has plagued his presidency.
The New York Times reports that Flynn lied to Pence about the nature of his conversations during the transition period with the ambassador.
August 15: Trump takes the stage in Cleveland to announce his decision to fire Flynn and that he was acting under the orders of Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
The next day, Trump tweets, “I was only following the direction of the F.B.I., which was told to be very careful.
Very shortly after, I was fired.
August 16: A senior White House official says that Pence told Trump that Flynn had “been cooperative” with the Russia investigation.
The official says Pence also told Trump Flynn had no intention of misleading the vice president.
August 17: Pence says in an interview that he had told Trump he would have to fire the national-defense adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn.
The former national guard general denies that he lied.
August 18: A Senate panel says it will hold a hearing later this month about the Russian interference in last year’s election and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Flynn.
August 19: The Trump White House says that the White National Committee had no communication with Trump about Flynn, even after the