Reports: Comey Fired After Seeking More Resources For Russia Investigation

FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Amid widespread suspicion that the official reason for FBI Director James Comey’s firing—his handling last year of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server—was not the true reason for the ouster, several news outlets reported Wednesday morning that Comey had recently requested more funding and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The Washington Post, New York Times, and NBC confirmed that Comey had just days ago asked the Justice Department’s second in command, Rod Rosenstein, for more resources to support the inquiry into whether members of President Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government last year. Rosenstein wrote the memo, made public on Tuesday, recommending Comey be terminated.


Alice Ollstein is a reporter at Talking Points Memo, covering national politics. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been reporting in DC ever since, covering the Supreme Court, Congress and national elections for TV, radio, print, and online outlets. Her work has aired on Free Speech Radio News, All Things Considered, Channel News Asia, and Telesur, and her writing has been published by The Atlantic, La Opinión, and The Hill Rag. She was elected in 2016 as an at-large board member of the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Alice grew up in Santa Monica, California and began working for local newspapers in her early teens.