Regardless of who was for or against President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey, practically everyone who took in the news yesterday has one thing in common.
The story caught us all off-guard.
The firing was unexpected, to say the least, especially when considering Comey was in the midst of conducting an investigation into potential tries between the Trump campaign and Russia.
That context, the timing and the sudden nature of Trump's decision led to some pretty incredible reactions from not only politicians but also former FBI professionals.
One by one, journalists cited intelligence community sources who delivered these bombshell quotes.
A cover up?
NBC's Ken Dilanian, for example, said on Twitter that one former FBI employee essentially opined that Trump was looking for a way to shut down the investigation.
USA Today's Brad Heath also had an interesting quote from a former FBI official
One current professional was reportedly crying.
In a story reported by Politico's Josh Meyer and Darren Samuelsohn, a "longtime special agent" was quoted as saying,
While reporting on air on Tuesday, MSNBC's Ari Melber said a former FBI official (who Melber noted was loyal to Comey) called the decision "insane" and wondered whether it could amount to "obstruction" of justice.
All about the investigation.
CBS News reported on Tuesday that one FBI agent believes Trump simply wanted "his own man on there" to help sweep away the investigation into ties to Russia.
That same CBS report cited another person familiar with Comey. This time, it was a current special agent who weighed in, saying,
On CNN, network contributor and former deputy director at the National Security Branch of the FBI Phil Mudd told anchor Chris Cuomo, that Wednesday was a "painful day" for America.
According to Media Matters, Mudd said,
Breaking the rules.
CNBC Washington correspondent Eamon Javers told his Twitter followers that one former FBI official said that Comey's firing shows the Trump "administration simply doesn't play by the usual rules."
Not looking good.
Former FBI agent Ali Soufan arguably implied to the Atlantic that the next FBI director would have the power to attend to President Trump's political prerogatives, despite the fact that the FBI director's role was built in a way to avoid political influences.
The "only" explanation.
In a report by the Telegraph, Austin Berglas, a former FBI supervisory agent, said there's only one reasonable conclusion to draw from Tuesday's news.
What a time to be alive.