President Donald Trump says he had to fire his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, because of his lies to Vice President Mike Pence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Yes, sir", the retired three star general and former military intelligence chief said when asked if he wanted to plead guilty. 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.
This would blow up about a hundred Trump camp denials that there was coordinated high-level campaign contact with Russian Federation, and would suggest that Russia-related actions personally undertaken by Trump in 2016 (as opposed to merely the actions of his top lieutenants and/or family members) are under law enforcement scrutiny. "There was nothing to hide!"
According to documents released by Mueller, Flynn lobbied Russian Federation to kill a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements at the behest of a "very senior" transition official that sources told CNN was Jared Kushner - Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser.
"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the Special Counsel's Office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", Special Counsel's Office spokesperson Peter Carr told BuzzFeed News. Court records say Flynn contacted the Russian ambassador on December 22 about the Trump administration's opposition to a United Nations resolution against Israeli settlements.
Comey testified before a Senate panel in June that after Flynn's firing, Trump asked Comey to drop an investigation into the former national security director.
It has been reported that the official was Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, but Kushner's lawyer is yet to respond to the allegation.
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Trump made his brief comments about Flynn's plea deal before flying to NY for a fundraiser later Saturday, although he spent most of his time touting the Republican tax plan, which he continued to sell as "the biggest tax cut in the history of our nation".
"There is not a legal issue but rather a trust issue", then-White House press secretary Spicer said at the time.
Mr Comey refused and Mr Trump fired him as well.
As the Times notes, Mueller's "swift action" may help silence some critics who believe the man is working to defeat President Trump, regardless of the facts.
Engel said "it seems that more evidence is uncovered every day" about contacts between the Trump team and Russian Federation as the latter sought to intervene in the 2016 presidential election.
While the mainstream media goes around in circles desperately seeking evidence of wrongdoing in the Trump administration, it turns out a scandal of major import was under their noses all along. In July, he tweeted, "While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us".