Flynn pleads guilty to lying about Russian Federation

Kinnon as Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during White House Cold Open in Studio 8H on Saturday

The special counsel examining alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election removed a top FBI investigator from his team for exchanging text messages with a colleague that expressed anti-Trump views, two US newspapers reported on Saturday.

"Peter Strzok, as deputy head of counterintelligence at the FBI, was a key player in the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server to do government work as secretary of state, as well as the probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election".

The president's comments come the day after his former national security adviser pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

First Lady Melania Trump Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during White House Cold Open in Studio 8H on Saturday
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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!" He may think changing the subject from Flynn's crimes - and bombshell reporting that Flynn plans to testify against Trump - to the GOP tax scam will be good for him, but the American people see through that, too. Flynn said he did not recall Kislyak telling him of a change in Russia's response to USA -imposed economic sanctions the two previously discussed. 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.

Flynn was forced to resign on February 13 as national security adviser after 24 days on the job for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about Russian contacts. But inside a large event space in Cipriani, where a large Christmas tree stood nearby, the president turned nostalgic about the 2016 election and recalled that few people expected him to notch the required 270 electoral votes to claim the White House. Several other Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and officials from the Justice Department also attended. Some conservatives encouraged Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller, saying the investigation was tainted.

"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. They cited Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, a controversy that many believe helped Trump defeat the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election. "We're unbeatable", Trump said.

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