Former FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department for more resources for his Russia investigation just days before his firing, a Senate Democrat said this afternoon. 

The Justice Department has denied the New York Times report about Comey requesting a significant increase in resources for his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. 

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) also said on "Shepard Smith Reporting" that Comey was fired on the same day that grand jury subpoenas were handed down for "associates" of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. 

Van Hollen said a special prosecutor, someone "who cannot be fired," must be appointed to carry out the investigation. 

"We know that the FBI investigation was beginning to pick up steam. We know that just as it was picking up steam, [Comey] got fired by the President of the United States. ... The timing is highly suspect," he said.

Shepard Smith asked Van Hollen whether he knows of any evidence of collusion between the Trump team and Russia. 

"I do not know of any evidence of collusion. I know of people who have been following this closely who think there are a lot of pieces out there that suggest the possibility of collusion," said Van Hollen. 

Earlier today, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called the collusion allegations a "huge myth" which Democrats are putting forth without evidence.

Watch the interview above.

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