Mueller removed Federal Bureau of Investigation agent from Russian Federation probe for anti-Trump texts

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But, given Strzok's role in this investigation as well as others, it more likely will only increase speculation that the FBI is not acting honestly. Trump tweeted from his personal account Saturday.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment on Trump's tweet.

Flynn was charged on Thursday with one count of lying about his private discussions with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, regarding United States sanctions being imposed on Moscow by the government of then president Barack Obama. Trump had previously advocated for Flynn, even urging then-FBI Director James Comey to be lenient with him, according to testimony Comey gave after Trump fired him.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". Mueller was ramping up his investigation into Mr. Trump's former advisers, while also coming under criticism for putting many donors to Democratic candidates on his team.

It's unclear now why Trump would cite lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a reason for firing Flynn.

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"We believed that Gen. Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians", Yates told a Senate judiciary subcommittee in a high-profile hearing on Russia's meddling in the u.s. election.

As acting attorney general at the end of the Obama administration, Yates and another Justice Department official went to the White House on January 26 to warn White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was potentially compromised and vulnerable to blackmail because of discrepancies between the public accounting of the Kislyak conversation and what actually occurred.

The development came at a particularly sensitive moment for the White House, just as Mr. Trump and Republican congressional leaders are toiling to hold together a tenuous coalition to push through a large tax cut plan. The White House said Comey was dismissed on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He helped lead the investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email account, and then played a major role in the investigation into links between President Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

A plea agreement suggests that Flynn provided information to prosecutors beneficial to Mueller's investigation. If today's tweet is true, he then lied to Comey to get him to drop an investigation, knowing full well Flynn had lied to the FBI. "So the question is whether he fired Comey at least in part to try to protect Flynn from prosecution for a felony of which he was already aware".

Trump told NBC News in May that "I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it" and "I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".

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