Top FBI Agent Removed From Russia Probe Over Anti-Trump Text Messages

President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser at Cipriani in New York Saturday Dec. 2 2017
President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser at Cipriani in New York Saturday Dec. 2 2017

03 December, 2017

In his first public comments about Michael Flynn pleading guilty Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his interactions with a Russian official, President Donald Trump reiterated Saturday that his campaign did not collude with Russia during last year's presidential election.

Flynn was the first member of Trump's administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller's wide-ranging investigation. The people briefed on the case said the transfer followed the discovery of text messages in which Mr. Strzok and a colleague reacted to news events, like presidential debates, in ways that could appear critical of Mr. Trump.

The Justice Department inspector general's office said in a statement Saturday 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".

Before leaving the White House for New York City, Trump told reporters there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russians.

Trump tweeted about Flynn later in the day, recalling his firing after it was revealed he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Kislyak. Flynn separately communicated with Kislyak after being asked by a senior Trump transition official to find out how foreign governments stood on a UN Security Council resolution about Israel and to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution. "So we're very happy".

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Trump said Saturday that he's not anxious about what Flynn would disclose as part of his plea deal with Mueller's team. People familiar with the matter told The Post that that official is the president's son-in-law and top White House adviser, Jared Kushner. Afterward, Comey said that Trump had asked him to drop the investigation into Flynn.

Mr. Strzok's reassignment shows that Mr. Mueller moved swiftly in the face of what could be perceived as bias by one of his agents amid a politically charged inquiry into Mr. Trump's campaign and administration.

The president had previously maintained that he fired Flynn in February for lying to Pence.

"There is not a legal issue but rather a trust issue", then-White House press secretary Spicer said at the time.

The main difference is that there is actually evidence of serious scandal with James Comey and the Obama administration in regards to the Hillary Clinton email case, while the Russian Federation collusion narrative, as far as it personally involves President Trump, is driven one hundred percent by sheer speculation. "Now we go on to conference, and something handsome is going to come out of that mixer".

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