Acting FBI director McCabe debunks reports that Comey sought additional funding for Russia investigation
The #FakeNews media strikes again, and this time they’ve been caught red-handed. Within two hours of Comey’s firing, mainstream media outlets led by the New York Times began flooding the internet and airwaves with allegations that the ousted FBI director was in the process of expanding the Russia investigation, seeking additional funding and more prosecutors. Directly implying that President Trump had fired Comey to impede the investigation.
Days Before Firing, Comey Asked for More Resources for Russia Inquiry (New York Times)
Comey sought more resources for Russia probe days before he was fired by President Trump (Washington Post)
James Comey sought more resources for Russia investigation (CNN)
Comey had pushed for more resources for Russia probe before being fired by Trump (Reuters)
Comey asked for more money, staffing for Russia investigation days before firing (ABC News)
James Comey asked DOJ for more resources for Russia investigation (CBS News)
Comey Had Asked for More Money for FBI’s Russia Investigation (NBC News)
Led by the major media outlets, the allegations spread like wildfire. Everyone was running with the story. Newspapers in every city, reports on every local TV station. Articles on every internet news site, blogs large and small.
One problem. It’s not true.
It was denied immediately by a Justice Department spokesman, and it was denied again yesterday by acting FBI director Andrew McCabe in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"Totally false," DOJ Spokesman Ian Prior told the Washington Examiner just minutes after the New York Times reported that Comey made that request.
These "news" stories all have one thing in common. They rely on unnamed sources. Not one single Justice Department or FBI employee was named in any of the articles or reports. Every single story lacks any concrete foundation for the allegations.
Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe testifed yesterday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Sen. Martin Heinrich (D) asked McCabe if the FBI had "adequate resources. "Sir, if you’re referring to the Russia investigation, I do.", McCabe replied. "I believe we have the adequate resources to do it, and I know that we have resourced that investigation adequately."
Comey's #2 unequivocally states that, contrary to widespread reports, FBI did not ask for more funding for Trump Russia probe before firing
Sen. Susan Collins (R) followed up on Heinrich’s line of inquiry. "Press reports yesterday indicated that Director Comey requested additional resources from the Justice Department for the bureau’s ongoing investigation into Russian active measures. Are you aware of that request? Can you confirm that request was in fact made?" McCabe replied, "I cannot confirm that request was made."
McCabe went on to further explain that, "when we need resources, we make those requests here", referring to a congressional authorization for the appropriation of additional funding.
He delegitimized news reports that Director Comey had gone directly to the Justice Department for additional funding and resources for the Russia investigation, saying that it was "not consistent with my understanding of how we request additional resources."
He also added the FBI doesn’t "typically request resources for an individual case, and as I mentioned, I strongly believe that the Russia investigation is adequately resourced."
Before Comey’s termination, Andrew McCabe was the Deputy Director of the FBI. He was James Comey’s number one guy at the bureau, and worked closely with the director. If anyone at the FBI had knowledge of any need for additional funding or resources for the Russia investigation, it would be Andrew McCabe.
President Trump’s political opponents in the mainstream media manufactured these fake stories immediately upon the news that the president had fired the embattled FBI director in an overt effort to damage the president, and usurp his authority.