FAKE NEWS: Acting FBI Director Says No New Funding Requested For Trump-Russia Probe Before Comey Firing
After The New York Times set off a flurry of rumors by reporting that FBI Director James Comey had asked Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein for more funding for his investigation into possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign, prompting President Trump to fire Comey, Acting FBI Director McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that the FBI did not ask for additional funding.
It was not clear whether McCabe was denying that Comey asked for more resources in general or whether he was parsing the matter and saying that Comey didn’t ask for money apart from other help. Comey himself stated that he had asked for more resources when he spoke to legislators.
McCabe added that he thought the investigation didn’t need any more help:
McCabe disagreed with the White House’s diminishing of the importance of the investigation into Russian ties, saying, it’s a “highly significant investigation.” On Wednesday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had stated it was “probably one of the smallest things” that the FBI has “got going on their plate.” McCabe also disagreed with the White House’s assessment that Comey had lost the respect and support of the FBI rank-and-file, asserting, "Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day.”
McCabe himself is under review for political conflict in the Hillary Clinton email case, according to the website of Senator Charles Grassley, which wrote:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today called on the FBI to detail the involvement in the probe of alleged collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia of one senior official who is under investigation for political conflicts in the Clinton email matter. Deputy Director Andrew McCabe helped oversee the FBI’s investigation in the Clinton case even though his wife received nearly $700,000 from close Clinton associates during her campaign for Virginia state senate. As the FBI’s second-in-command, McCabe could have significant influence over the ongoing investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia as well.
In January, the Justice Department Inspector General announced it is reviewing whether McCabe should have recused himself from overseeing the Clinton matter following reports that his wife received campaign contributions from longtime Clinton associate, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and his political organizations. The contributions occurred while the investigation was underway. In a letter today to FBI Director James Comey, Grassley is seeking details on McCabe’s involvement in the alleged collusion matter, whether it, too, constitutes an appearance of conflict, and whether he should be recused from any involvement in the collusion investigation as well.