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Anti-Trump messages cost FBI agent spot on Mueller team

Anti-Trump messages cost FBI agent spot on Mueller team

Trump tweeted about Flynn's Friday guilty plea, in which the former national security adviser said he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak during the transition and disclosed that he is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's office. Of the four, two have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI - Flynn and a former Trump campaign adviser.

In related news, former FBI Director James Comey has also faced scrutiny for knowing the import of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's meeting with Bill Clinton during Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, but deceiving the public about the "matter". "There was nothing to hide!"

A senior Trump transition team member, later identified as Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, tells Flynn to contact foreign governments, including Russian Federation, to influence them to delay the vote or defeat the resolution.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the Special Counsel's Office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement Saturday.

"I replied only that 'he is a good guy.'" Comey wrote, describing a private meeting with Trump in the Oval Office on February 14, one day after Flynn was sacked; Comey then added: "I did not say I would 'let this go'".

Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents about phone calls with Russia's ambassador
Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents about phone calls with Russia's ambassador

The cooperation of Flynn, a senior campaign official and former top adviser on national security, could lead to inside information critical to Mueller's probe. The key question now is what Flynn knows that could incriminate others and what he might have offered in exchange for such a lenient plea deal.

In court, prosecutors detailed calls Flynn had made in late December 2016 to the senior Trump transition team at Mar-a-Lago to discuss conversations with then-Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. Mr. Trump seriously entertained the idea but ultimately backed down. "What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion", Trump said, "There's been absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy".

"It seems undeniable that Mueller is getting something big in exchange for going so soft on him", said Stephen Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas Law School.

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 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.

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