Before FBI Director James Comey was fired, the FBI investigation of Russian involvement in the US election was heating up. According to multiple sources—though denied by the Department of Justice—Comey went to the assistant attorney general to request additional resources for the investigation on Monday. Later that day, Rod Rosenstein and Jefferson Sessions visited Trump to tell him Comey needed to be fired.
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors issued their first grand jury subpoenas based on the FBI investigation. Those subpoenas “represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI’s broader investigation,” according to CNN. That same day, Trump fired Comey.
However, according to the Wall Street Journal, the investigation was in an even higher gear than previously known—for a very, very good reason.
Mr. Comey started receiving daily instead of weekly updates on the investigation, beginning at least three weeks ago, according to people with knowledge of the matter and the progress of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. Mr. Comey was concerned by information showing possible evidence of collusion, according to these people.
Comey went to Rosenstein to ask for more resources, not because the investigation was going too slowly, but because the investigation was finding so much.
With his concerns mounting, Mr. Comey last week sought more resources to support the bureau’s investigation, which began last July. He requested additional personnel from Rod Rosenstein, who had been recently installed as the deputy attorney general, overseeing the FBI, people familiar with the discussions said.
And that’s when they fired him.