Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Federal Bureau of Investigation fires former Russian probe investigator who sent anti-Trump texts

Federal Bureau of Investigation fires former Russian probe investigator who sent anti-Trump texts

Peter Strzok, a longtime agent who once worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, was sacked by the FBI after he sent text messages criticizing President Donald Trump to a colleague.

The FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok, known for exchanging text messages vowing to prevent Donald Trump from being elected while investigating Hillary Clinton's abuse of classified information and later alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

Strzok, a 22-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had already been a frequent target of President Trump's Twitter tirades.

The Washington Post reports that "FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday", despite the fact that the office initially only recommended that he face demotion and a 60-day suspension.

He was removed from Mueller's team last summer following the discovery of in which he referred to Trump as an "idiot".

"The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but 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", Goelman said in his statement. "No he won't. We'll stop it".

Republicans accused Strzok of bias, with one text message receiving considerable attention from right-wing media outlets, an August 8, 2016, text in which Strzok, discussing with Page the prospect of a Trump win, says, "No".

Additionally, in his report the inspector general noted Strzok showed a "willingness" to hamper candidate Trump's election chances.

Testifying before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees last month, Strzok did not deny that he held deep animus toward the president - but that his personal bias did not affect his work.

Strzok had been reassigned to the FBI's human resources division. "It simply couldn't happen".

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. The two are at the centre of controversial texts that led to him being removed from Mueller's team. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped?

The FBI did not immediately comment on Mr Strzok's firing.

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