WASHINGTON — More Democrats are calling for FBI Director James Comey’s resignation after a closed-door briefing on the intelligence community’s Russian hacking report Friday, during which members say Comey stonewalled them about whether the FBI is investigating alleged links between President-elect Donald Trump and the Russian government.

Democrats accused Comey of being “inconsistent” for refusing to confirm or deny whether the FBI was investigating alleged links between Trump and the Kremlin, despite his willingness to frequently update Congress on the status of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

They described the exchange with Comey as “contentious” and even “combative,” while leaders accused him of using a double standard.

“One standard was applied to the Russians and another standard applied to Hillary Clinton,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who one member described as “just outraged” at Comey’s resistance to questions. Pelosi “really let Comey have it” during the meeting, the member said.

Pelosi and other Democratic leaders excoriated Comey for his stubbornness, but stopped short of calling for his head – pressing the FBI director to take up an investigation into what “leverage” Russia might have over Trump, even as they questioned Comey’s integrity.

“I think the American people are owed the truth,” Pelosi said. “And for that reason, the FBI should let us know whether they’re doing that investigation or not.”

Some Democrats previously willing to give Comey the benefit of the doubt said that his performance during Friday’s briefing eviscerated their faith in his ability to lead the agency going forward.

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said the “frustration” he and others felt “boiled down to Jim Comey.”

Late Friday, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va., said that their review of the intelligence community’s Russian hacking report would investigate “any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns.”

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