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The James Comey plot thickens: NYT reports that he asked for more money and personnel for the Russia investigation in a meeting just days before he was fired.

  • Awkward: Comey asked Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, the same official who wrote the letter the WH used to fire him. Comey then told members of Congress about the meeting.
  • Rosenstein is the top official at the DOJ on the Russia investigation: Remember, Jeff Sessions recused himself.
  • NYT's sourcing: "Three congressional officials who were briefed on [Comey's] request."
  • Other media outlets on it: the WSJ, CNN, NBC News, the AP and WashPost.
  • The other side: A Justice Department spokeswoman reportedly denied the claim that Comey asked for more money, per Politico's Josh Gerstein. They have, however, admitted he asked for resources.

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