FBI Fires Agent Who Sent Anti-Trump Texts

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

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

An FBI agent who sent text messages critical of US President Donald Trump has been fired, his lawyer announced on Monday.

The report says the action against Strzok is more severe than the recommendation of the FBI's internal disciplinary arm. 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 Trump.

"Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI-finally", wrote Trump, who had called for Strzok's ouster before.

Reminder that Strzok himself offered a very effective rebuttal to the claim that Trump is making in that tweet: If he wanted to stop Trump's election, why didn't he try to stop Trump's election? Democrats accused Republicans of trying to divert attention from Mr Mueller's investigation and Mr Trump's ties to Russian Federation by excessively focusing on Mr Strzok.

Trump has repeatedly criticised Strzok on Twitter.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a tweet Monday, Trump asked if Strzok's firing means the investigation will now be dropped.

Strzok had already been removed from the Mueller's investigation when anti-Trump text messages between Strzok and his partner, an FBI lawyer, emerged past year.

Strzok is a 22-year veteran of the bureau who played a major role in the investigations of Hillary Clinton's email use and the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation.

US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon arrival at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, on August 4, 2018.

Despite the public backlash, however, Strzok appeared to find plenty of support just hours after news of his firing.

Strzok's lawyer is blaming political pressure over the text messages for Strzok's firing last Friday.

Trump has said the text messages showed Mueller's investigation is a hoax.

Strzok repeatedly insisted the texts, including ones in which he called Trump a "disaster", did not reflect political bias and had not infected his work.

"Agent Strzok has a most unusual and largely self-serving definition of bias. despite common sense, doesn't think he's biased", Gowdy said. Attorney General Jeff Sessions later removed Comey's deputy, McCabe, after the inspector general alleged he lied about a media disclosure related to Clinton.

The FBI team that investigated the Trump campaign obtained an intrusive warrant to spy on former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page over the course of 12 months.

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