Mueller removed top Federal Bureau of Investigation agent over possible anti-Trump texts

President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser at Cipriani in New York Saturday Dec. 2 2017

President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser at Cipriani in New York Saturday Dec. 2 2017

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is not anxious about what his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, might tell special counsel Robert Mueller's team as it investigates Russia's efforts to influence last year's election.

On Twitter, the president contends that Flynn's actions during the transition following the 2016 election "were lawful". That's big news on its own, but would be especially big if, as ABC's Brian Ross reported Friday, Flynn is ready to testify that Donald Trump told him to establish communication with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign.

Trump's tweet was delivered while he was in a motorcade in midtown Manhattan heading to a fundraiser.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the Special Counsel's Office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, confirmed to Fox News.

Spicer's comments indicated Flynn's ouster was driven by Trump's frustration that the adviser had misled Vice President Pence and others and not the fact he discussed sanctions with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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First, Trump is incorrect that it's "been shown" that there were no collusion between his presidential campaign and the Russians during last year's election. For one thing, if a foreign intelligence agency learned of such an affair, they could try to use it as a means of blackmail, though there's no evidence anyone outside the Federal Bureau of Investigation was aware of the relationship. The White House said Comey was dismissed on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

After naming Flynn to head the National Security Council in January, Trump forced him from the position less than a month later.

Michael Flynn Jr., as he is known, accompanied his father on his 2015 trip to Moscow.

The existence of the text messages was brought to the attention of Mueller's office by the inspector general's office, which has been conducting a wide-ranging investigation of the FBI's handling of the Clinton email case. A variety of news reports say that the the transition official who told Flynn to contact other governments was Jared Kushner, a White House adviser and the president's son-in-law. Mr. Trump seriously entertained the idea but ultimately backed down.

But a former Obama administration Justice Department official, Matthew Miller, said Mr Trump's tweeted response may have "admitted to obstruction of justice". 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".

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