Mueller removes Federal Bureau of Investigation agent from Russian Federation probe for anti-Trump messages

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It's his most substantial reaction to the guilty plea by Flynn on Friday as part of the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. A review of the texts is now underway to determine whether the two agents allowed political bias to influence their work, but regardless of what that investigation concludes, the story is sure to provide ammunition for those, like President Trump and his defenders, who have accused the Mueller investigation, FBI, and overall intelligence community of being driven by partisanship.

But a former Obama administration Justice Department official, Matthew Miller, said Mr Trump's tweeted response may have "admitted to obstruction of justice".

President Trump tweeted Saturday that he fired former national security adviser Michael Flynn because Flynn lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as to Vice President Mike Pence.

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.

According to that same memo, Trump specifically told Comey in that conversation that Flynn had done nothing wrong. 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. No collusion. There's been absolutely, absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy.

Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents about phone calls with Russia's ambassador
Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents about phone calls with Russia's ambassador

That member, who was not identified, directed Flynn to contact officials from foreign governments, including Russian Federation, about the United Nations resolution and told him that blocking it was Trump's top priority, court records say.

"Comey wrote in his opening testimony that Trump said: "'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. Some conservatives encouraged Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller, saying the investigation was tainted. When asked if he was anxious what the former national security advisor will tell the special counsel, the president responded, "No, I'm not".

"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.

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".

Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI investigator, was shuffled off to the FBI's human resources department by Mueller after the Justice Department's inspector general opened an investigation into the texts, The New York Times reported on Saturday.




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