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

Kelvin Reese
December 3, 2017

Robert Mueller removed a top FBI counterintelligence agent from his investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling this past summer after the Justice Department's inspector general started looking into text messages he and another agent on Mueller's team may have sent expressing negative views about Donald Trump. 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.

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. The New York Times reported Strozok exchanged messages with a colleague in reacting to news events in ways that could construed to be critical of Trump.

Mr Trump has been publicly dismissive of Mr Comey and of special counsel Robert Mueller's continuing investigation, and was often generous in his appraisal of Flynn, except to say his adviser could not stay in the job after misleading his vice president.

In what appeared to be moves undermining the policies of outgoing president Barack Obama, the pair discussed U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation, and Mr Flynn asked Mr Kislyak to help delay a United Nations vote seen as damaging to Israel, according to prosecutors.

Donald Trump has changed his story on why he fired Michael Flynn as his national security adviser. 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.

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Flynn was also told by a "very senior member" of Trump's transition team to contact Russian Federation and other foreign governments to try to influence them ahead of the vote, the prosecutors said.

Flynn's guilty plea for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak mirror the lies for which Trump dismissed Flynn as national security adviser, said White House attorney Ty Cobb. "So we're very happy", he said.

Flynn resigned from his post February 13 and Comey testified before Senate Intelligence Committee that in a February 14 meeting in the White House - just a day after Flynn had left - Trump asked him to drop the investigation. Mr. Horowitz is scrutinizing Mr. Comey's decision to hold a news conference in July 2016 to announce that the bureau was recommending that Mrs. Clinton not be charged, and how Mr. Comey reopened the investigation just days before the 2016 election.

Trump was attending three fundraising events in NY that were expected to raise $6 million for Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee between the president's campaign and the Republican National Committee. "Now we go on to conference, and something handsome is going to come out of that mixer".

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