Mueller Removed Top FBI Agent Over Possible Anti-Trump Texts

by Frankie Norman December 3, 2017, 0:40
Mueller Removed Top FBI Agent Over Possible Anti-Trump Texts

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is not anxious about what his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, might tell special counsel Robert Mueller's team as it investigates Russia's efforts to influence last year's election. This means ABC's story no longer contradicts Trump officials' claims about campaign contacts with Russian Federation or suggests that Trump is being investigated personally for potential collusion acitivities. The president has also continued his longstanding criticism of the FBI's Clinton email server investigation which Trump initially cited as his reason for firing FBI Director James Comey in May of this year.

The inquiry into Mr. Strzok is being conducted by the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, who is leading a broad examination of how the F.B.I. handled the Clinton email investigation. He has agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

The president's comments come the day after his former national security adviser pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

On Twitter, the president contends that Flynn's actions during the transition following the 2016 election "were lawful". "There was nothing to hide!"

First Lady Melania Trump Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during White House Cold Open in Studio 8H on Saturday
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Critics claimed on Saturday that President Trump inadvertently admitted to obstruction of justice as he tried to distance himself from his disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn. "Lisa Page completed her brief detail and had returned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation weeks before our office was aware of the allegations".

The New York Times first reported the agent's removal. The New York Times and Washington Post report that the agent, Peter Strzok, as the FBI's deputy head of counterintelligence, played a major role in the investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as well as the possible links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"On Nov. 5, three days before Election Day, Mr. Strzok and his team had 3,000 emails left to review".

As acting attorney general at the end of the Obama administration, Yates and another Justice Department official went to the White House on January 26 to warn White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was potentially compromised and vulnerable to blackmail because of discrepancies between the public accounting of the Kislyak conversation and what actually occurred. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said that "we are aware of the allegation and are taking any and all appropriate steps". The statement provided no further details and it did not mention any individuals by name.

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