As James Comey was fired from the FBI, the investigation into Russia/Trump collusion was just really starting to heat up. Comey even went to the DOJ to ask for more resources for the investigation.
While the reasons that Trump and the White House have given for Comey’s firing have been all over the place and constantly contradicting each other, the reason for the termination of the FBI’s top dog is actually pretty simple: The investigation into collusion was already in a higher gear than previously thought.
According to the Wall Street Journal at the time, 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 left behind a big clue as to why Trump fired him:
Comey asked Rosenstein for more resources because they were finding a ton of evidence, not because the investigation was going too slowly. That’s the key most missed.
When there is so much evidence mounting that the FBI director has to start getting daily update versus weekly updates, the evidence in mounting fast and more man power in needed. Comey didn’t need more resources to dig deep. Comey needed more resources to process the mountain of evidence they already have.
The Wall Street Journal reported, “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.”
Then Comey was fired…
…Mr. Comey briefed lawmakers on his request to boost the investigation, people familiar with the discussions said. The lawmakers, who have been running their own probe of alleged meddling in the U.S. election by Russia, and possible Trump campaign links with it, asked Mr. Comey if he could accelerate the FBI investigation, said a person with knowledge of the conversations.
So while Trump and his team keep spinning their story, saying is no evidence of collusion with the Russians, the evidence just keeps mounting up against them. And Trump’s firing of Comey is clearly obstruction of justice, so Trump may have inadvertently started his own impeachment process.