Democrats and the media thought they had Donald Trump.

They believed one decision he made was the final straw that would allow them to drive him from office.

But their big conspiracy theory quickly blew up in their face.

After Trump fired FBI Director Comey, his allies began planting stories in the press.

The so-called “mainstream” media – always eager to sink their teeth into even the wildest anti-Trump conspiracies – ran wild with the anonymously sourced story that Comey requested additional resources for the Russia investigation days before he was fired.

The New York Times first reported the story, and it spread like wildfire:

“A congressional source with knowledge of the matter said Comey told lawmakers within the past few days he had asked the Justice Department to make additional resources available – mainly more staffing – for the Russia probe.

Comey informed lawmakers of that request after the Senate Intelligence Committee, conducting its own investigation, had asked the FBI to speed up its Russia inquiry, the source said.

Democrat Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, told reporters she understood Comey was seeking more resources for the FBI investigation.”

But this story was contradicted the next day.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – whom Director Comey reported to – said it was false that Comey made such a request.

The Washington Post reports:

“Although several Democrats confirmed that Comey had informed lawmakers of the request he made last week in a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, the Justice Department denied those reports.”

And in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said he was unaware of such a request and that he believed the FBI had adequate resources to pursue the counter-intelligence investigation.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

“Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Thursday that the FBI is “adequately resourced” for its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) asked McCabe if the FBI has what it needs to conduct its investigation, in light of former FBI Director James Comey’s termination. Several media outlets have reported that Comey had asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for more resources, including personnel, to investigate Russian influence on the 2016 election.

“It’s been widely resourced–reported, and you’ve mentioned this, that Director Comey asked Rosenstein for additional resources, and I understand that you’re saying that you don’t believe that you need any additional resources?” Harris asked.

“For the Russia investigation, ma’am, I think we are adequately resourced,” McCabe responded.

McCabe also testified that there was no interference from the White House in the FBI’s investigation.

The Free Beacon also reports:

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said there has been “no effort to impede our investigation to date” during testimony Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) asked McCabe if President Trump’s firing of ex-FBI Director James Comey had “impeded, interrupted, stopped, or negatively impacted any of the work, any investigation, or any ongoing projects” at the FBI.

“The work of the men and women of the FBI continues despite any changes in circumstance, any decisions, so there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date,” he said. “Simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people, and upholding the Constitution.”

Democrats and the media drooled over the Comey firing.

They believed it was a Trump-orchestrated cover-up about his campaign’s connections to Russia.

But no evidence has emerged to substantiate these wild accusations.

The on-the-record statements completely obliterated the left’s conspiracy theories about the Comey firing.