According to the New York Times, former FBI Director James Comey reportedly requested more money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election days before he was fired by Donald Trump.
Comey made the request during a meeting last week with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the Justice Department memo used to justify Comey’s firing. The FBI director then briefed members of Congress about the meeting, according to the Times.
Trump on Tuesday fired Comey, the man who had been leading the politically charged investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The dismissal came in a letter from Trump to Comey that said it was time for a “new beginning” at the nation’s “crown jewel of law enforcement.”“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to lead the Bureau,” Trump wrote.