Federal Bureau of Investigation fires agent Peter Strzok who criticized Trump in text messages

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2018

The FBI has fired embattled agent Peter Strzok, who came under fire for sending text messages promising to "stop" Donald Trump from becoming president while leading the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.

In one instance of bias, Horowitz cited this text exchange between Strzok and Page on August 8, 2016.

No reason was given for the firing, but President Donald Trump took the occasion to once again call the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian election tampering a "total Hoax". She and Strzok were having an affair.

"This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans", Goelman said. Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI's repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process.

Former Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok has been fired after months of criticism by President Trump and Republicans over his anti-Trump text messages.

"The suggestion that I and some dark chamber somewhere in the Federal Bureau of Investigation would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards and somehow be able to do this, is astounding to me", Strzok said in testimony.

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Page, who served as an FBI lawyer and close adviser to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, resigned from the bureau in May.

He handled many important espionage cases including one involving a former Central Intelligence Agency officer suspected of working for China and a group of Russian spies who had been working undercover in the United States. Wray promised that process would be "done by the book".

"A lengthy investigation and multiple rounds of congressional testimony failed to produce a shred of evidence that Special Agent Strzok's personal views ever affected his work", he said.

The firing was politically motivated, McCabe has said, as an effort to discredit him as a witness in the special counsel investigation. He is now facing a criminal investigation by prosecutors in the D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office.

The texts were cited in a 500-page report released in June by the Justice Department's inspector general. Each was referred to the FBI for possible violations of the bureau's code of conduct.

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