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.