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more texts turned over from fbi agent taken off mueller team


washington (ap) — the justice department has turned over to congress additional text messages involving an fbi agent who was removed from special counsel robert mueller’s investigative team following the discovery of derogatory comments about president donald trump.but the department also said in a letter to lawmakers that its record of messages sent to and from the agent, peter strzok, was incomplete because the fbi, for technical reasons, had been unable to preserve and retrieve about five months’ worth of communications.new text messages highlighted in a letter to fbi director christopher wray by sen. ron johnson, the republican chairman of the senate’s homeland security and governmental affairs committee, are from the spring and summer of 2016 and involve discussion of the hillary clin






today: firing mueller? ‘no, i’m not’


emails. texts. rumors. denials. the drama over the special counsel’s russia investigation has ratcheted up as the days toward christmas wind down.top storiesfiring mueller? ‘no, i’m not’ “no — no, i’m not,” was president trump’s response sunday when asked if he was considering firing robert s. mueller iii, as rumors have swirled on capitol hill and some republicans have urged him to do so on fox news. still, a trump lawyer accused mueller of having illegally obtained tens of thousands of emails from the trump transition team. that drew a rare public statement from mueller’s spokesman, who said any emails were either obtained by “the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process.” conservative media have also homed in on text messages from an fbi agent disparaging trump, saying th






texts from fbi agent removed from russia probe reveal anti-trump comments


texts between two senior fbi officials involved in both the probe of hillary clinton's emails and possible connections between trump associates and russia show the two frequently discussed their political views, and their intense dislike of candidate donald trump and fear he might win.a review of the texts between senior fbi agent peter strzok and senior fbi lawyer lisa page were sent to lawmakers tuesday night. the texts are now the subject of an ethics investigation by the justice department's inspector general, and show the two senior officials repeatedly offering harsh opinions about political figures. among many other comments, the two called trump "an idiot."the washington post reported last weekend that strzok, the deputy head of counterintelligence at the fbi, was removed from his






fbi texts reveal anti-trump, pro-clinton comments


the texts are now the subject of an ethics investigation by the justice department’s inspector general, and show the two senior officials repeatedly offering harsh opinions about political figures. among many other comments, the two called trump “an idiot.”washington — texts between two senior fbi officials involved in both the probe of hillary clinton’s emails and possible connections between trump associates and russia show the two frequently discussed their political views and their intense dislike of candidate donald trump and fear he might win.a review of the texts between senior fbi agent peter strzok and senior fbi lawyer lisa page were sent to lawmakers tuesday night. the texts are now the subject of an ethics investigation by the justice department’s inspector general and show the






trump's deutsche bank records said to be subpoenaed by mueller


karoun demirjian and devlin barrett the former top fbi official assigned to special counsel robert mueller iii's probe of russian interference in the 2016 election was taken off that job this summer after his bosses discovered he and another member of mueller's team had exchanged politically charged texts disparaging president donald... the former top fbi official assigned to special counsel robert mueller iii's probe of russian interference in the 2016 election was taken off that job this summer after his bosses discovered he and another member of mueller's team had exchanged politically charged texts disparaging president donald... (karoun demirjian and devlin barrett)






fbi agent removed from mueller probe for anti-trump messages


washington — a veteran fbi counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel robert mueller's team investigating russian election meddling after the discovery of an exchange of text messages seen as potentially anti-president donald trump, a person familiar with the matter said saturday.the removal of the agent, who also had worked on the investigation of hillary clinton's use of a private email server, occurred this summer. the person who discussed the matter with the associated press was not authorized to speak about it publicly by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.peter carr, a spokesman for mueller, said mueller removed the agent, peter strzok, from the team "immediately upon learning of the allegations." he would not elaborate on the nature of the accusations.the swift






rod rosenstein, deputy attorney general, sees no reason to dismiss robert muelle


he said mueller took appropriate action to remove a senior fbi agent from his team after exchanging anti-trump text messages with a colleague.        






fbi agent was removed from russia probe over anti-trump text messages


a person familiar with the matter says an fbi counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel robert mueller's investigative team after the discovery of an exchange of potential anti-trump text messages.the agent, who had also worked on the investigation of hillary clinton's use of a private email server, was removed from mueller’s inquiry into russian interference in the 2016 election this summer.the person who discussed the matter with the associated press was not authorized to speak about it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.the nature of the messages and whom they were exchanged with was not immediately clear. the justice department's inspector general is investigating.the new york times first reported the agent's removal. a spokesman for mueller had no immediate






trump calls fbi agent removed from mueller probe 'tainted'


washington — president donald trump says a veteran fbi counterintelligence agent who was removed from special counsel robert mueller's team investigating russian election meddling was a "tainted (no, very dishonest?)" agent.the president is suggesting the agency needs a dramatic overhaul under new fbi director christopher wray.trump tweeted sunday: "tainted (no, very dishonest?) fbi 'agent's role in clinton probe under review.' led clinton email probe."the agent was removed during the summer after the discovery of an exchange of text messages viewed as potentially anti-trump, a person familiar with the matter said saturday. the agent had also worked on the investigation of hillary clinton's use of a private email server.the person was not authorized to speak about it by name and spoke on c






rosenstein defends mueller, russia investigation


by matt zapotosky and devlin barrett | washington postwashington – deputy attorney general rod rosenstein defended special counsel robert mueller in the face of critical questioning wednesday from the house judiciary committee about whether bias might have infected mueller’s investigation of russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.rosenstein said that he had not seen good cause to fire mueller, and that although some members of the special counsel team had political views, that did not necessarily taint their work.“we recognize we have employees with political opinions. it’s our responsibility to make sure those opinions do not influence their actions,” rosenstein said. “i believe that director mueller understands that and he is running his office appropriately.”rosenstein also






trump calls fbi agent removed from mueller probe ‘tainted’


washington (ap) — president donald trump says a veteran fbi counterintelligence agent who was removed from special counsel robert mueller’s team investigating russian election meddling was a “tainted (no, very dishonest?)” agent.the president is suggesting the agency needs a dramatic overhaul under new fbi director christopher wray.trump tweeted sunday: “tainted (no, very dishonest?) fbi ‘agent’s role in clinton probe under review.’ led clinton email probe.”the agent was removed during the summer after the discovery of an exchange of text messages viewed as potentially anti-trump, a person familiar with the matter said saturday. the agent had also worked on the investigation of hillary clinton’s use of a private email server.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the per






fbi agent removed from russia probe called trump an ‘idiot’


washington (ap) — an fbi agent removed from special counsel robert mueller’s investigative team over politically charged text messages referred to donald trump, then the republican presidential candidate, as an “idiot” and said on election night that a trump victory would be “terrifying,” according to dozens of text messages reviewed by the associated press.peter strzok, a veteran fbi counterintelligence agent who was also deeply involved in the investigation into democrat hillary clinton’s use of a private email server, was removed over the summer from mueller’s team following the discovery of text messages exchanged with lisa page, an fbi lawyer who was also detailed to the group of agents and prosecutors investigating potential coordination between russia and the trump campaign.the mess






in series of tweets, trump targets fbi and the agent reassigned from role in mue


(associated press)president trump on sunday tweeted criticism of the fbi, saying its reputation was “in tatters” following the tenure of former director james comey, who was fired seven months ago.the president also suggested bias against him in the investigation being conducted by special counsel robert s. mueller iii, after news accounts said an agent was removed from mueller’s team following an internal investigation of text messages interpreted as critical of trump.after 24 hours of silence following friday’s guilty plea by former national security advisor michael flynn to charges of lying to the fbi, trump on saturday unleashed a twitter barrage against the justice department and his vanquished presidential rival, hillary clinton. earlier sunday, the president asserted that he did not






fbi russia investigator axed from mueller team over texts disparaging trump


the former top fbi official assigned to special counsel robert mueller iii's probe of russian interference in the 2016 election was taken off that job this summer after his bosses discovered he and another member of mueller's team had exchanged politically charged texts disparaging president donald trump and supporting hillary clinton, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.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 russia in the 2016 election.during the clinton investigation, strzok was involved in a romantic relationship with fbi lawyer lisa page, w






trump says he won't fire mueller. don't believe him.


i wasn’t reassured by the headline across the top of monday’s tribune:“trump: ‘no, i’m not’ firing mueller.”this declaration followed a newly energized campaign of howling by right-wing pundits who are calling for the dismissal of special counsel robert mueller for alleged bias in his far-reaching investigation into russian interference in the 2016 campaign that elected president donald trump.“there is a cleansing needed in our fbi and our department of justice,” said fox news host jeanine pirro in a particularly unhinged rant dec. 9. they need “to be cleansed of individuals who should not just be fired but who need to be taken out in handcuffs.”in slightly more measured tones, republicans in congress have been complaining in the wake of revelations that some of the lawyers working on the






mueller taking on new challenge after heading fbi on 9/11


washington — robert mueller took office as fbi director in 2001 a week before sept. 11. he had been expecting to dig into drug cases, white-collar misdeeds and violent crime.but overnight, his mission changed and mueller spent the next 12 years wrestling the agency into a terrorism-fighting force.now, mueller once again finds himself in the midst of historic events: the justice department has named him special counsel to investigate potential coordination between russia and the trump team during the 2016 presidential election and related matters.republicans and democrats alike praised the 72-year-old mueller as someone widely respected for his integrity and independence.






the latest: trump attacks own fbi in series of tweets


washington — the latest on the removal of a veteran fbi agent from the special counsel's investigative team (all times local):8:30 a.m.president donald trump is attacking his own fbi in a series of tweets and says the law enforcement agency's reputation is "in tatters - worst in history!" the president says in a tweet that "we will bring it back to greatness."the president was responding to reports that a veteran fbi counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel robert mueller's team investigating russian election meddling because of anti-trump text messages.he writes after years under fired fbi director james comey, "with the phony and dishonest clinton investigation (and more)," the agency's reputation "is in tatters - worst in history!'" the president also retweeted a tweet






los angeles times


two fbi agents involved in the russia investigation exchanged a series of insults about donald trump in private texts during the campaign last year, calling him an “idiot” and “awful,” according to documents released to congress by the justice department on tuesday night.special counsel robert s. mueller iii removed one of the agents, peter strzok, from the investigation into possible collusion between the trump campaign and russia, as soon as the texts surfaced in july during an inspector general investigation. strzok also was involved in the fbi investigation into hillary clinton’s emails that concluded last year.in a march 2016 exchange of texts with fbi lawyer lisa page, strzok wrote: “omg he's an idiot," according to messages obtained by the los angeles times.






everything president trump has tweeted (and what it was about)


president trump unleashed a tweetstorm sunday morning, saying that the fbi’s reputation was “in tatters” following the tenure of former director james b. comey, who was fired seven months ago.the president also suggested bias against him in the investigation being conducted by special counsel robert s. mueller iii, after news accounts said an agent was removed from mueller’s team following an internal investigation of text messages interpreted as critical of trump.the agent, peter strzok, reportedly helped lead the fbi investigation into hillary clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.trump’s comments closely echoed language used during sunday morning’s episode of fox news’ “fox & friends,” which aired a report on strzok under the banner, “agent’s role in c






bca agent fired at wanted homicide suspect in bloomington


a minnesota bureau of criminal apprehension agent “discharged his weapon” while trying to apprehend the homicide suspect in bloomington late wednesday, authorities said thursday night.the gunfire preceded a six-hour manhunt for the suspect that ended early thursday with the arrest of eddie markeith frazier, suspected in the death of his housemate in crookston, minn.frazier was found just after 3 a.m. in the 8200 block of stevens avenue s., according to the hennepin county sheriff’s office.in a news release thursday night, the bca confirmed that shots were fired when bca agents approached frazier in bloomington about 9:15 p.m. wednesday.“during the effort to apprehend [frazier] ... a bureau of criminal apprehension agent discharged his weapon,” according to a bca news release thursday eveni






trump's morning tweetstorm appears to have been inspired by 'fox & friends'


president trump unleashed a tweetstorm sunday morning, saying that the fbi’s reputation was “in tatters” following the tenure of former director james b. comey, who was fired seven months ago.the president also suggested bias against him in the investigation being conducted by special counsel robert s. mueller iii, after news accounts said an agent was removed from mueller’s team following an internal investigation of text messages interpreted as critical of trump.the agent, peter strzok, reportedly helped lead the fbi investigation into hillary clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.trump’s comments closely echoed language used during sunday morning’s episode of fox news’ “fox & friends,” which aired a report on strzok under the banner, “agent’s role in c






sessions says he has 'confidence in' special counsel robert mueller


robert mueller testifies before a senate intelligence committee hearing in washington on feb. 16, 2011. (james berglie/zuma press/tns)atty. gen. jeff sessions said today he has "confidence in" special counsel robert mueller. the attorney general told the senate intelligence committee that "i don't know about these reports" that president trump might seek to fire mueller and that he wouldn't comment on "hypotheticals." but, he said, he has known mueller for years and "i have confidence in mr. mueller."






fbi chief counters trump's attacks on agency; says there's 'no finer institution


washington — fbi director christopher wray on thursday countered strident attacks on his agency by president donald trump, saying, "there is no finer institution than the fbi."wray testified before the house judiciary committee as democrats and republicans clashed over the significance of trump's attacks on the agency. in a storm of tweets last weekend, trump called the nation's top law enforcement agency a biased institution whose reputation is "in tatters — worst in history!" and urged wray to "clean house."democrats pushed wray to respond forcefully, while republicans echoed trump in suggesting they worry about political bias in special counsel robert mueller's probe of possible trump campaign ties to russia during the 2016 presidential election. like trump, they seized on revelations t






how to restore deleted text messages on an iphone


we’ve already talked about how to delete your text messages, so now we’re going to look at how to recover deleted text messages on your iphone. that’s right, text messages don’t really get deleted when you delete them, unless you reset your iphone to its factory settings — an action designed to erase everything on your device, not just texts.if you’re passing your iphone on to someone else, or selling it, then performing a factory reset is the safest way to rid your device of its precious data. if you’ve deleted some texts by mistake and want to recover them, there are ways you can do this. let’s take a look at a few examples.restoring texts from an icloud backuprestoring an icloud backup is probably the easiest way to recover deleted text messages on your iphone. provided that you have ic






sen. warner cautions trump against meddling in mueller probe


washington (ap) — the top democrat on the senate intelligence committee is warning president donald trump against firing special counsel robert mueller or pardoning any targets of the federal probe into russia and the president’s republican campaign.virginia sen. mark warner said wednesday that growing criticism of mueller’s probe pointed to an effort to lay the groundwork for mueller’s removal or other interference in the federal investigation. warner says any attempt to remove mueller would provoke a “constitutional crisis.”trump said recently that he would not try to push mueller out, and a white house lawyer has repeatedly said the president is not considering any pardons.trump cannot directly fire mueller, but critics say he could demand that top justice department officials fire muel






peter strzok, fbi agent removed from robert mueller's russia probe, called


peter strzok, a counter-intelligence agent, also suggested that the republican party “needs to pull their head out of their ass."        






trump goes on tweetstorm about the fbi


by john wagner |the washington postwashington – president donald trump issued a fresh denial sunday that he asked former fbi director james b. comey to halt an investigation into the conduct of his dismissed national security adviser michael flynn.“i never asked comey to stop investigating flynn,” trump said in a pre-dawn message on twitter. “just more fake news covering another comey lie!”the tweet was the latest in a running commentary on the case from trump that began saturday, a day after flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi about his interactions with a russian official.in other tweets sunday, trump also seized on news that peter strzok – the former top fbi official assigned to special counsel robert s. mueller iii’s probe of russian interference in the 2016 election – was taken o






essential washington - la times


two fbi agents involved in the russia investigation exchanged a series of insults about donald trump in private texts during the campaign last year, calling him an “idiot” and “awful,” according to documents released to congress by the justice department on tuesday night.special counsel robert s. mueller iii removed one of the agents, peter strzok, from the investigation into possible collusion between the trump campaign and russia, as soon as the texts surfaced in july during an inspector general investigation. strzok also was involved in the fbi investigation into hillary clinton’s emails that concluded last year.in a march 2016 exchange of texts with fbi lawyer lisa page, strzok wrote: “omg he's an idiot," according to messages obtained by the los angeles times."he's awful," page replie






report: facebook gave special investigator robert mueller detailed info on russi


an official for facebook told techcrunch that the company is “continuing to cooperate with the relevant u.s. authorities,” as investigations into the russian hack of last year’s presidential election continue to expand. in the latest development, authorities are now investigating how agents used online advertising on social networks and search platforms, and tech companies are being forced to hand over new, sensitive information to investigators as a result.in some cases, that means providing different information to different investigations, as the wall street journal is reporting today.facebook has apparently turned over more detailed information to the special prosecutor, robert mueller, than the company shared with congress last week, the journal reports.mueller’s investigation has rec






report: facebook gave special investigator robert mueller detailed info on russi


an official for facebook told techcrunch that the company is “continuing to cooperate with the relevant u.s. authorities,” as investigations into the russian hack of last year’s presidential election continue to expand. in the latest development, authorities are now investigating how agents used online advertising on social networks and search platforms, and tech companies are being forced to hand over new, sensitive information to investigators as a result.in some cases, that means providing different information to different investigations, as the wall street journal is reporting today.facebook has apparently turned over more detailed information to the special prosecutor, robert mueller, than the company shared with congress last week, the journal reports.mueller’s investigation has rec






former press secretary sean spicer is questioned in mueller russia probe


president trump’s former press secretary, sean spicer, was interviewed monday by special counsel robert mueller’s team, according to two people familiar with the matter.mueller is investigating russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion between trump’s campaign and vladimir putin’s government. among the events mueller is examining is trump’s firing of former fbi director james b. comey in may and former national security advisor michael flynn, both of which occurred while spicer was press secretary.spicer left the white house at the end of august after his main ally in the white house, chief of staff reince priebus, was forced out in an internal power struggle. priebus was interviewed by mueller’s team on friday.spicer’s interview with the sp






mueller team in early talks for possible interview with president trump


however, mueller has still not made any formal request to interview trump, according to two officials familiar with the matter.        






russia-trump: president hits out at fbi over russia inquiry


image copyrightreutersimage caption donald trump's presidency has been overshadowed by the inquiry into collusion with russia donald trump lashed out at the fbi on sunday, issuing a fresh denial that he asked former director james comey to drop an investigation into the conduct of one of his top aides, michael flynn.in a twitter tirade, mr trump said the fbi's reputation was "in tatters".his attack came amid a flurry of developments in special counsel robert mueller's inquiry into alleged russian interference in the us election.mr trump denies that his team colluded with russia to get him elected.reports emerged over the weekend that mr mueller, a former fbi director, had dismissed an fbi officer from the investigation during the summer after he was discovered to have made anti-trump remar






russia-trump: president hits out at fbi over russia inquiry


image copyrightreutersimage caption donald trump's presidency has been overshadowed by the inquiry into collusion with russia donald trump lashed out at the fbi on sunday, issuing a fresh denial that he asked former director james comey to drop an investigation into the conduct of one of his top aides, michael flynn.in a twitter tirade, mr trump said the fbi's reputation was "in tatters".his attack came amid a flurry of developments in special counsel robert mueller's inquiry into alleged russian interference in the us election.mr trump denies that his team colluded with russia to get him elected.reports emerged over the weekend that mr mueller, a former fbi director, had dismissed an fbi officer from the investigation during the summer after he was discovered to have made anti-trump remar






the latest: trump says he isn't considering firing mueller


washington — the latest on president donald trump (all times local):5:05 p.m.president donald trump says he isn't considering firing special counsel robert mueller.trump returned to the white house from camp david on sunday and was asked if he was considering dismissing the man investigating whether there was collusion between the president's republican presidential campaign and russian officials.he answered, "no, i'm not," and did not elaborate further.the president did criticize the fact that mueller had gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by trump officials before the start of his administration.he said it was "not looking good" and again stressed that there was "no collusion." mueller's team received the emails from a federal agency and not the transition itself.a sp






mueller's team questioned kushner about flynn


president donald trump’s son-in-law jared kushner has been questioned by special counsel robert mueller’s team about former national security adviser michael flynn, a person familiar with the investigation confirmed wednesday.the person said the questioning of kushner earlier this month was aimed in part at establishing whether kushner had any information on flynn that might be exculpatory. flynn was forced to resign in february after officials concluded he had misled them about his contacts with the russian ambassador.the confirmation of kushner’s interview came as prosecutors working for mueller postponed grand jury testimony related to flynn’s private business dealings.the reason for the postponement was not immediately clear, but it comes one week after attorneys for flynn alerted trum






eichel enters "eye of the tiger" zone


in the first half of tuesday’s game, jack eichel couldn’t get anything going.  the puck was constantly jumping over his stick and was turning the puck over constantly.  things certainly changed in the second half of the game as he willed the sabres to a third straight overtime victory.  eichel scored twice, including the absurd overtime winner below, on four s s.eichel’s s rate is currently the best in the league over his 26 games along with 12 goals and 9 ists.  now, it’s not a huge sample, but that’s a 40 goal, 30 ist pace with over 320 s s.  that’s why i had him ranked in the top 20 before his preseason injury and while he’ll probably be there at the start of next season.  we’ll be sure to include some dynasty talk on thursday’s podcast; in eichel’s case, we haven’t seen his best yet, f