FBI Fires Agent Peter Strzok Over Anti-Trump Text Messages

Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok speaks during a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees on Capitol Hill

Peter Strzok, the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who became a favorite target of President Trump and other Republicans when it was revealed that he had sent anti-Trump text messages in the run-up to the 2016 election, was sacked from the agency on Monday.

Strzok was part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation but was removed from Mueller's team after the text messages surfaced.

A senior counterintelligence agent, Strzok was sacked Friday, though news of the dismissal was made public by his lawyer today.

Peter Strzok has been accused by Republicans of being biased against Donald Trump, and seeking to prevent his election victory.

"In fact, in his decades of service, Special Agent Strzok has proved himself to be one of the country's top counterintelligence officers", Goelman said.

Democrats, as well as Strzok's lawyer, have claimed that the attacks on Strzok are an attempt to undermine Mueller's probe, which is examining ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The FBI made no immediate comment about the news on Monday morning.




Mr Trump has pointed to the text exchanges as evidence of bias in the special counsel's Russian Federation probe.

The lawyer, Aitan Goelman, criticized the firing in a statement Monday, saying he was sacked because of political pressure and "to punish Special Agent Strzok for political speech protected by the First Amendment".

In another exchange, in October 2016, Mr Strzok writes to Ms Page: "I am riled up. It was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!"

Fitton said that Page's private testimony should be publicly released in order to get a fuller understanding of her relationship with Strzok as it pertains to the Mueller probe.

Strzok became emblematic of Trump's unfounded assertions that a so-called deep state of bureaucrats opposed to him was undermining his presidency.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page arrives for a House committee deposition, one day after the session involving Strzok. Wray promised that process would be "done by the book". He is now facing a criminal investigation by prosecutors in the District of Columbia's U.S. Attorney's Office.

Trump has also mocked Strzok and Page as "FBI lovers", and exploited their relationship and anti-Trump views to try to discredit Mueller's ongoing probe. Each was referred to the FBI for possible violations of the bureau's code of conduct.

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