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Mueller Reportedly Removed FBI Agent from Investigation Due to Anti-Trump Texts

Mueller Reportedly Removed FBI Agent from Investigation Due to Anti-Trump Texts Mueller Removed Top FBI Agent Over Possible Anti-Trump Texts
Manon Joubert | 04 Décembre, 2017, 01:29

The former trusted aide pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about s with Russia and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors delving deeper into the actions of Trump's inner circle before he took office in January.

"In light of today's press reports, we now know why Strzok was dismissed, why the FBI and DoJ refused to provide us this explanation, and at least one reason why they previously refused to make Deputy Director McCabe available to the Committee for an interview", said Nunes. Page no longer works much with McCabe, these people said.

The text messages showed Strzok and Page reacting with anti-Trump sentiments to certain news events, including the presidential debates.

Prosecutors have alleged Manafort and a business partner, Rick Gates, worked on behalf of pro-Russia factions in Ukraine, then laundered millions of dollars in profits for movement to the United States to evade taxes.

Trump tweeted Sunday: "Tainted (no, very dishonest?) FBI 'agent's role in Clinton probe under review.' Led Clinton Email probe".

Nunes said April 6 he was stepping back amid criticism of his handling of classified material, reportedly obtained from White House officials, that he said showed officials of former President Barack Obama's administration "unmasked" the identities of people close to Mr. Trump who were mentioned in legal surveillance of foreign individuals.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said given that Mueller could have charged Flynn with more crimes but instead limited it to just one offense, "Bob Mueller must have concluded that he was getting a lot of value in terms of Gen. Flynn's cooperation".

"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. A Justice Department spokeswoman said "We are aware of the allegations and are taking any and all appropriate steps".

The president's most vociferous defenders in Congress have called for a special counsel to investigate how the FBI handled the Clinton probe, and other Clinton-connected matters. In a busy morning of notes to his 44 million followers, Mr. Trump earlier said that "I never asked" former FBI Director James Comey "to stop investigating Flynn".

Judge Rudolph Contreras accepted Flynn's guilty plea and the maximum sentence is five years in prison.

The discovery of the text messages came at a crucial moment in Mr. Mueller's investigation. "I see this in the hyperfrenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets", Feinstein said. He has pled guilty to those lies.

He is cooperating with the special counsel investigation and awaiting sentencing in federal court.