Comey’s firing came as investigators stepped up Russia probe

From The Wall Street Journal and written by Shane Harris and Carol E. Lee —

In the weeks before President Donald Trump fired him,  FBI Director James Comey started receiving daily instead of weekly updates on the investigation into potential collusion between Trump associates and the Russian government, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Mr. Comey was concerned by information showing possible evidence of collusion, according to these people.

Meanwhile, a congressional investigation into Russian meddling picked up steam as the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena Wednesday for the president’s former national security adviser, Mike Flynn, to produce documents relevant to the investigation. And a federal grand jury in Northern Virginia has issued subpoenas for records tied to Mr. Flynn, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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.

Mr. Comey’s dismissal prompted concerns among Democrats and Republicans that Mr. Trump’s White House was interfering with the FBI probe.

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