Ousted FBI Director James Comey recently told lawmakers that he had requested more resources for the ongoing investigation into allegations Russia meddled in the U.S. election and into contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign aides and Russian officials, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the conversation.
The request Comey referenced came just days before Trump abruptly fired him, citing recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who said Comey had lost the faith of the department due to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee “in recent weeks” that he had asked Rosenstein for more resources for the Russia probe, one congressional source said. The source added that the Senate Intelligence Committee had been pushing the FBI for a while to accelerate the investigation.
Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, denied that Comey had asked Rosenstein for more money or resources. “He did not ask,” she said. “It’s totally false.”
Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.