Many in the news media have already indicted President Trump for breaking some unspecified law by firing former FBI Director James Comey, which they theorize is an attempt to cover up his ties to Russia.
In the immediate days and hours following Comey's unexpected firing, some news outlets and TV commentators have indicated that they're convinced Trump is guilty of something.
USA Today published an op-ed Thursday by three legal and ethics experts under the title, "Firing Comey is worse than breaking a law."
That morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," well-known political journalist and former Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor John Heilemann said reporters should be assuming Trump's guilt at this point. "There's a cover-up going on," he said. "And that has to be the premise of all our reporting going forward."
The show's host, Joe Scarborough, agreed. "There is a cover-up at the White House right now," he said.
Comey was terminated Tuesday night by Trump, who said he was acting on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein had said in a letter to Trump that Comey, in his widely criticized public actions during the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's email controversies, had lost the confidence of his agency and tarnished its reputation.
Democrats and some Republicans have expressed skepticism of the reasoning behind the firing, given that Comey had publicly acknowledged a month earlier that the FBI was investigating whether the Trump election campaign had colluded with Russia.
Comey has not publicly commented on the matter, other than to say in a letter to the FBI that he acknowledged the president's right to fire him for "any reason or for no reason at all."
Still, some in the media heavily suggested that something illegal is taking place.
Wednesday on CNN, anchor Wolf Blitzer asked the network's legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin how the episode may play out.
"I think Trump wins," Toobin said. "I think these investigations are going to fade away. And he will get what he wants."
Susan Hennessey, another CNN legal analyst, said that if Trump is "able to get away with this, then it's hard to imagine what he won't be able to get away with."
Liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson used similar language in an op-ed published Wednesday night. Trump, he wrote, "is attempting a power play straight from the playbook of some tinhorn dictator, and he believes he will get away with it."
And despite the stated White House reason for firing Comey, who had previously been called on to resign by many Democrats as well as the right-leaning Wall Street Journal editorial board, the New York Times said it wasn't buying the official line.
"Mr. Comey was fired because he was leading an active investigation that could bring down a president," the paper's editorial board said Tuesday night. "Though compromised by his own poor judgment, Mr. Comey's agency has been pursuing ties between the Russian government and Mr. Trump and his associates, with potentially ruinous consequences for the administration."