REPORTS: Before Being Fired, Comey Asked for More Funding for Russia Probe (Updated)

With a lot of the speculation that the firing of James Comey was about more than his handling of the Clinton e-mail scandal, here is more news that won’t look good:

Days before he was fired, James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, according to three officials with knowledge of his request.

Mr. Comey asked for the resources during a meeting last week with Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who wrote the Justice Department’s memo that was used to justify the firing of the F.B.I. director this week.

Again, that Comey was fired because of the Russia probe instead of the Clinton scandal is just speculation. However, with a media that is not friendly to the Trump Administration, and with the number of leaks this administration has produced, the best case scenario is that Trump’s timing was bad.

UPDATED: The Department of Justice has denied the claim.