U.S. congressional officials say ousted FBI Director James Comey had in the days before his firing asked for more resources for his investigation into Russia’s involvement in last year’s U.S. election and possible links between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign.
The officials said the request was made to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlined in memos Tuesday the administration’s reasons for ousting Comey.
The Department of Justice denied there was such a request. The outcome and what effect, if any, a request had on Trump’s decision to fire Comey are not clear.
The reasons for Comey’s dismissal were outlined in two letters written by Sessions and Rosenstein. They essentially accused Comey of taking the law into his own hands.
The Washington Post, citing an anonymous source, reported early Thursday that Rosenstein threatened to resign when he found out the White House was portraying him as the primary person behind the firing of Comey and that the president was merely following his recommendation.
Critics of the FBI director’s dismissal say it raises questions about the agency’s inquiry.
Career FBI investigators and others at the Justice Department are “going to be very interested in seeing that this moves forward to the extent that there’s evidence there of any wrongdoing, any connection with Russian involvement,” former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez told VOA. “I would call it a dumb move by the president if he thinks he’s going to stop that investigation.”