Mueller Removed Top FBI Agent Over Possible Anti-Trump Texts

by Sophie Craig December 3, 2017, 0:45
Mueller Removed Top FBI Agent Over Possible Anti-Trump Texts

The most recent charge occurred Friday when former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Trump's tweet was delivered while he was in a motorcade in midtown Manhattan heading to a fundraiser.

"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.

Flynn also admitted that he spoke with another member of the transition team before he talked to Kislyak about USA sanctions on December 29, court records say.

Flynn was booted from the White House after it became public that he misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Asked if he stands by his former national security adviser, Trump said, "We'll see what happens". The key question now is what Flynn knows that could incriminate others and what he might have offered in exchange for such a lenient plea deal.

In a statement Saturday, the Justice Department inspector general's office said that its investigators are "reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them".

A plea agreement suggests that Flynn provided information to prosecutors beneficial to Mueller's investigation.

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The Clinton investigation formally ended in July 2016, when then-FBI Director James Comey announced he would recommend Clinton face no charges for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Now that former national security aide Michael Flynn is working with prosecutors on the Russian Federation investigation, President Trump's critics are reviving a familiar Watergate-era question.

A senior Trump transition team member, later identified as Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, tells Flynn to contact foreign governments, including Russian Federation, to influence them to delay the vote or defeat the resolution.

Mr Comey refused and Mr Trump fired him as well. That unnamed aide is believed to beTrump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, according to a lawyer briefed on the matter to The New York Times.

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Mueller is the only person who knows for sure what Flynn knows, he added - "but if I'm the president or one of his advisers, this just got a lot more serious".


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