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FILE- In this May 3, 2017, file photo, FBI Director James Comey listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump has fired Comey. In a statement on Tuesday, May 9, Trump says Comey’s firing “will mark a new beginning” for the FBI. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

James Comey asked for more money for the Russia probe days before Trump fired him


UPDATE 12:47 p.m. EST:  Other major outlets backed the New York Times' report.

Cecilia Vega of ABC News "confirmed" the report with a U.S. official.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Days before being fired, former FBI Director James Comey sought an increase in funds and personnel from the Justice Department for the bureau's investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, The New York Times reported.

Comey asked for the increase during a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the DOJ memo that explained Comey's firing.  

The White House released that memo on Tuesday night, which was attached to President Trump's letter firing Comey. 

The revelation comes amid a great deal of media analysis about the motivations behind the decision to relieve Comey of his duties. 

Trump said that he fired Comey because "he wasn't doing a good job." Many have pointed out is contradictory, since Trump had praised the former FBI director in the past for his guts in taking on Hillary Clinton over her emails. 

Some lawmakers on the right have posited that Trump fired Comey for his mishandling of testimony concerning the Clinton email investigation, causing the White House and the American people to lose confidence in him. 

However, this new report seems to give credence to an explanation favored by many congressional Democrats, namely that Trump fired Comey because he was ramping up the investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. 

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