Mueller removed top FBI agent over possible anti-Trump texts

Mueller removed top FBI agent over possible anti-Trump texts

Mr Comey said that request came a day after Mr Trump forced Mr Flynn to resign his White House post. Democrats said the developments suggested growing evidence of coordination between Trump's circle and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

He said in a statement: 'After over thirty-three years of military service to our country including five years in combat away from my family and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of treason and other outrageous acts'.

Defenders of Page and Strzok insisted the issue is "overblown" and that there was no misconduct between the two.

He pleaded guilty on December 1 to lying to FBI agents that he did not ask Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to delay a vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution.

The president seized on reports that a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from Mueller's team last summer after the discovery of an exchange of text messages that were viewed as potentially anti-Trump.

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. The person who discussed the matter with The Associated Press was not authorized to speak about it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Now that Kushner has been identified as that 'very senior' member, the focus of the investigation moves even closer to Trump.

During the Clinton email investigation, Page was a regular participant when Comey would hold "skinny group" meetings on the case - a small collection of advisers that gathered to address sensitive cases, according to people familiar with the case.

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The inquiry into Mr. Strzok is being conducted by the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, who is leading a broad examination of how the F.B.I. handled the Clinton email investigation.

Strzok was exchanging the texts with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an extramarital affair, The Post reported. "I'd watch this", Graham said. He has pled guilty to those lies. I don't know why the guy lied. "There was nothing to hide!"

Those statements were clearly incorrect - the point of her warning to the White House.

Amid questions raised by the tweet, Trump associates tried to put distance Saturday evening between the president himself and the tweet.

A spokesman for the special counsel's office declined to comment.

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"I do believe he will incriminate others in the administration".

Contreras said: 'There will be no trial and there will be probably no appeal'.

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