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

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

In an apparent shift from his initial rationale for firing former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the President said Saturday that he "had" to fire him a month into his presidency because he not only lied to the Vice President, but also to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

President Trump embarked on a fundraising tour through New York City on Saturday, hours after Senate Republicans delivered his agenda its most significant legislative victory to date by approving a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax code. The people briefed on the case said the transfer followed the discovery of text messages in which Strzok and a colleague reacted to news events, such as presidential debates, in ways that could appear anti-Trump. "There was nothing to hide!" While Mr. Trump can point to the court documents and say they show no evidence of collusion with Russian Federation, the special counsel's filings so far paint a damning portrait of Mr. Trump's associates. Flynn said he did not recall Kislyak telling him of a change in Russia's response to US -imposed economic sanctions the two previously discussed. Flynn Jr. also acted briefly as his father's chief of staff during the transition, but was forced to resign after his frequent tweets on conspiracy theories.

"Walter Shaub, a former director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, responded to Trump's tweet, ".just couldn't resist commenting on Flynn.

Michael Flynn Jr., as he is known, accompanied his father on his 2015 trip to Moscow.

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.

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At the time of Flynn's dismissal, the White House acknowledged only that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about what he discussed with the ambassador - sanctions imposed by then-president Barack Obama against Russian Federation for meddling in the election. It seems he's feeling smug about the turn of events at the White House. Comey refused, and Trump fired him, too.

Vladeck added: "I can't speak to how the special counsel would view this statement, but it betrays an alarming lack of understanding of the relevant legal rules on the President's part, or of the serious legal jeopardy he could be in for actions he may wrongly believe are appropriate".

Trump has been publicly dismissive of 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 on the job after misleading his vice president.

Strzok led the investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email account and then investigated possible links between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.