Federal Bureau of Investigation official removed from probe for anti-Trump remarks
Dec 04, 2017, 00:53
Yesterday (Saturday), the New York Timesreported that special counsel Robert Mueller, who is in charge of the Russian Federation probe, removed a senior-level FBI agent from the investigation team due to concerns that he sent text messages against US President Donald Trump. The New York Times and Washington Post report that the agent, Peter Strzok, as the FBI's deputy head of counterintelligence, played a major role in the investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as well as the possible links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
Strzok also worked on the FBI investigation a year ago into whether then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information through her use of private email servers while Secretary of State. The people briefed on the case said the transfer followed the discovery of text messages in which Mr. Strzok and a colleague reacted to news events, like presidential debates, in ways that could appear anti-Trump.
Strzok's attorney refused to comment on the publication.
The Justice Department 's Office of the Inspector General said in a statement Saturday that it has been "reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them". Multiple outlets report he's now working in human resources.
One of the only times I've ever seen my father, a career military man and Vietnam veteran, express genuine concern over the direction of our country was in the wake of the FBI's fall from grace under James Comey.
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He was the FBI's lead investigator on the Clinton email investigation, so much so that he interviewed the former secretary of state on July 2, 2016. Mueller has been looking into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election since May.
The Office of the Inspector General is also reviewing Strzok's role in the Clinton email investigation, according to sources cited by Fox News.
The exact nature of the text messages has not been made public, but defenders of Strzok and Page have reportedly called the allegations "overblown" and said there wasn't any misconduct.
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