FBI Fires Peter Strzok, Agent Removed From Russia Investigation Over Trump Texts

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2018

The FBI fired agent Peter Strzok on Friday over anti-Trump text messages he exchanged with former agency lawyer Lisa Page during the 2016 presidential campaign, Strzok's lawyer, Aitan Goelman, confirmed Monday.

"This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans", Goelman said in a statement.

While involved in the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server in 2016, Strzok exchanged text messages with Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page that were critical of then-candidate Donald Trump.

Strzok is the third high-ranking FBI official involved in the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations to be fired amid an intensely political backdrop.

After leaving Mueller's investigation, Strzok was reassigned to human resources but was still employed by the bureau.

Special counsel Robert Mueller removed Strzok from his team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election last summer after an internal investigation first revealed texts with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok had an extramarital affair, that could be read as exhibiting political bias.

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But I will say this to you , I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation", she said. Gidley said, "The president runs this country.

Strzok's lawyer charged the decision also contradicts FBI Director Christopher Wray's "testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI meant to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters".

The FBI declined to comment to the Washington Post about the firing. "Strzok said that he initially planned to send a team to New York to review the emails, but a conference all with [New York Office] was scheduled instead", According to the timeline laid out in the inspector general's report.

The president also said his firing should mean that the probe into Hillary Clinton's email server - which Strzok oversaw - should be reopened. Horowitz said he didn't have concrete evidence that Strzok's bias impacted the outcome of the Clinton investigation. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Mr Trump wrote on Twitter.

At a congressional hearing earlier this month, Strzok sparred with Republican lawmakers who raised questions about his character and even his marriage.

McCabe - who, unlike Comey, could not be removed at the will of the president - has said his termination was a politically motivated attempt to undermine the Mueller probe.

The texts were cited in a 500-page report released in June by the Justice Department's inspector general.

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