Evening Edition: Comey sought more resources for Russia probe days before firing, officials say

Dismissal roils Washington, prompting calls for independent investigation and dividing Republicans; The Comey firing is already backfiring on Trump. It’s only going to get worse.; The timeline of events that led up to James Comey’s dismissal; ‘Was he fired? You’re kidding!’ Russia’s foreign minister feigns surprise when asked about Comey. ; Podcast: How can a president fire the FBI director? ; Disapproval of Trump at its highest yet; DeVos booed during commencement at historically black university; Senate narrowly rejects bid to repeal key Obama-era environmental rule; Republicans redefine what it means to ‘fix’ Obamacare; Aziz Ansari’s ‘Master of None’ returns — less impressive but still enviably chill; One tall building. One dark and stormy night. 395 dead birds.; The AC went out during brunch. Should the restaurant have bought fans from CVS to keep us comfortable?;
 
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Comey sought more resources for Russia probe days before firing, officials say
Last week, James B. Comey requested more money and resources from the Justice Department for his bureau’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, according to two officials with knowledge of the discussion. A Justice Department spokesperson said reports that Comey made the request are “totally false.”
Dismissal roils Washington, prompting calls for independent investigation and dividing Republicans
The FBI director’s firing consumed Capitol Hill’s attention — and doesn’t show any sign of letting up: Democrats slowed committee business in the Senate to protest the lack of an independent investigation into Russia’s election meddling, and Republicans saw rifts emerge as more questioned Trump’s decision.
 
The Daily 202 | Analysis
The Comey firing is already backfiring on Trump. It’s only going to get worse.
President Trump has surrounded himself with sycophants and amateurs who are either unwilling or unable to tell him no.
 
The timeline of events that led up to James Comey’s dismissal
It started with the FBI director not recommending charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, and ended after the bureau sent a letter to Congress clarifying that Comey misspoke about key findings in the email probe.
 
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‘Was he fired? You’re kidding!’ Russia’s foreign minister feigns surprise when asked about Comey.
Speaking to reporters at the Russian Embassy after his White House talks with Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Sergei Lavrov showed his exasperation over repeated questions about Moscow’s alleged interference in the presidential elections.
 
Podcast: How can a president fire the FBI director?
The timing of FBI Director James B. Comey’s termination raises a lot of questions. The Post’s national security reporter, Matt Zapotosky, discusses what we know now and what more there is to learn as the story unfolds in a special edition of “Can He Do That?”
 
The Fix | Analysis
Disapproval of Trump at its highest yet
A Quinnipiac University poll shows the president’s favorable rating at 35 percent, its lowest so far. Meanwhile, the percentage who strongly disapprove of him has reached a high of 51 percent.
 
DeVos booed during commencement at historically black university
Many students turned their backs on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she spoke at Bethune-Cookman University’s commencement. But the school president defended her work as a philanthropist and her commitment to education.
 
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Senate narrowly rejects bid to repeal key Obama-era environmental rule
Republican Sens. John McCain, Susan Collins and Lindsey O. Graham joined Democrats to preserve a restriction on methane emissions from drilling on public lands.
 
The Health 202 | Analysis
Republicans redefine what it means to ‘fix’ Obamacare
Many Republicans, especially conservatives, are judging their own success at replacing the health-care law by just one benchmark: whether it lowers insurance premiums.
 
TV Review
Aziz Ansari’s ‘Master of None’ returns — less impressive but still enviably chill
The second season of the Netflix series dwells on an unrequited romance, but it’s better on matters of cultural connection.
 
One tall building. One dark and stormy night. 395 dead birds.
One animal control officer said it was the largest number of casualties he has ever seen in an event like this. Bird advocacy groups said the incident served as a reminder of the dangers buildings pose to birds.
 
Chat Transcript
The AC went out during brunch. Should the restaurant have bought fans from CVS to keep us comfortable?
Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.
 
 
     
 
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