Mueller removed top Federal Bureau of Investigation agent over possible anti-Trump texts

Mueller removed top Federal Bureau of Investigation agent over possible anti-Trump texts

I mention this only because the revelation that an FBI agent, Peter Strzok, who supervised both the Hillary email investigation and the Trump-Russia probe sent anti-Trump text messages to his alleged mistress, an FBI lawyer, goes straight to the heart of many Americans' sense that the FBI should be fair and impartial, working with an eye on the bigger historical and legal picture, above the petty politics of the day. If today's tweet is true, he then lied to Comey to get him to drop an investigation, knowing full well Flynn had lied to the FBI. "Are you ADMITTING you knew Flynn had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when you asked Comey to back off Flynn?"

US President Donald Trump has said actions by his disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the presidential transition were lawful and there was no collusion between his 2016 White House campaign and Russian Federation. When Mr. Trump fired his F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, in May, he initially cited his handling of the Clinton email investigation as the reason for his dismissal.

Flynn left the White House in February, only acknowledging that he had given an incomplete account to Mr Pence of his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. In court documents filed Friday, Flynn said he had conversations about those calls with officials of Trump's transition team including one senior member.

The President fired the former US Army Lieutenant General in February for misleading Vice-President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations past year with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

The development came at a particularly sensitive moment for the White House, just as Mr. Trump and Republican congressional leaders are toiling to hold together a tenuous coalition to push through a large tax cut plan.

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In her testimony in May, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she alerted the White House in January that Flynn could be "essentially blackmailed by the Russians".

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel's office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel's office, said Saturday.

"I replied only that 'he is a good guy.'" Comey wrote, describing a private meeting with Trump in the Oval Office on February 14, one day after Flynn was sacked; Comey then added: "I did not say I would 'let this go'".

Trump was greeted in NY by protesters chanting "Lock him up", a reference to the "Lock her up" rallying cry used by both Trump and Flynn during the 2016 campaign. Asked if he stands by his former national security adviser, Trump said, "We'll see what happens".

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