The Department of Justice has strongly denied a New York Times report that former FBI director James Comey requested additional money for the investigation into Russian election meddling days before he was fired by President Trump.
“The story is totally false,” DOJ spokeswoman Isgur Flores told reporters from The Daily Caller.
The NYT cited 3 anonymous officials as saying that Comey had asked for the increase in funding and personnel for the probe, shortly before his firing.
The story also claimed that Comey made the request during a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.
Rosenstein is the author of the memo used to justify the former director’s firing.
There is no evidence suggesting that Comey’s role in investigating the largely-fabricated Trump-Russia story directly led to his termination.