There is still a mound of unanswered questions about the firing of now-former FBI Director James Comey, chief among them: Did Director Comey’s firing have anything to do with the bureau’s ongoing investigation into possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 election?
While that question is nowhere near settled, The New York Times has a report today that, in the days before his ousting, Director Comey asked for “a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election.”
In March, former Director Comey confirmed that the FBI was looking into members of the Trump campaign while also dispelling the President’s tweets about Barack Obama “wiretapping” him.
And then, also within the past week, former Director Comey again testified before Congress and informed members that he couldn’t keep quiet about discovering additional Clinton emails (which he misstated were in the thousands) during the waning days of the 2016 election because it would have been “the death of the FBI as an institution in America.”
Around that same time, according to The NYT’s reporting, former Director Comey met with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to request additional resources and then briefed members of Congress on the meeting with Rosenstein (who wrote the memo to justify Comey’s firing and cited the Clinton case).
Currently, President Trump has only weighed in about the firing via Twitter and said that, “Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!” Last week, the tweeter-in-chief claimed that former Director Comey’s action gave Clinton a “free pass” even though President Trump praised Comey’s handling of the matter in October 2016.
For what it’s worth, Katy Tur of NBC News, citing Sarah Isgur Flores at the Department of Justice, reports that Comey made no such request.