BREAKING: FBI Fires Anti-Trump Agent Peter Strzok

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has finally fired Agent Peter Strzok after it was found out text messages he exchanged with a colleague expressed anti-Trump sentiments. In some of the messages he guaranteed Trump would not win the presidency and in others, he said he had an “insurance policy” should he win.

Strzok’s position at the FBI was largely criticized by Republicans after Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz told Special Counsel Robert Mueller of the anti-Trump message last year. While Mueller removed Strzok from the investigation the very next day, he was allowed to keep his post at the FBI.

From the New York Post:

Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, told the paper that FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich ordered that Strzok be canned on Friday — even though the head of the FBI office that usually metes out discipline had ruled Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension.

Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI’s assurances that Strzok would go through the normal disciplinary process.

“This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said.

Strzok was removed from the feds’ probe into Russia and Trump by special counsel Robert Mueller after texts critical of Trump that he sent to his then lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, were discovered.

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And, from the Washington Post:

The termination marks a remarkable downfall for Strzok, a 22-year veteran of the bureau who investigated Russian spies, defense officials accused of selling secrets to China and myriad other important cases. In the twilight of his career, Strzok was integral to two of the bureau’s most high-profile investigations: the Russia case, and the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.

But when a Justice Department inspector general investigation uncovered politically charged messages that Strzok had exchanged with another FBI official, he was relegated to a position in human resources. Conservatives soon made Strzok the face of their attacks against the special counsel investigation into the president’s campaign, and the FBI took steps to remove him from its ranks.

Strzok testified before members of the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month where he clashed with Republican lawmakers.

As the Washington Post reports, Strzok claimed there was “no evidence of bias in my professional actions” and his testimony was “just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”

Strzok was reportedly escorted out of the FBI building in June, but he has remained on the FBI’s payroll as an employee.


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