FBI fires Peter Strzok in wake of anti-Trump text messages


FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich fired Strzok on Friday, his lawyer, Aitan Goelman, said in a statement Monday.

- The FBI has fired a longtime agent who once worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation over text messages criticizing President Donald Trump.

Strzok was part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation but was removed from Mueller's team after the text messages surfaced.

Trump and his Republican allies - particularly in the House of Representatives - argue Strzok and Page embody what they call the "bias" within the FBI and Justice Department that is really at the heart of the department's Russian Federation investigation, which in Trump's construction is a "witch hunt" out to frame him.

Strzok's firing was earlier reported by The Washington Post.

"This isn't the normal process in any way more than name", Goelman said.

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

A Department of Justice inspector general report found that Strzok's text messages about preventing Trump from winning the election did not affect the agency's ability to investigate Trump properly. 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.

Justice Department officials wrote Strzok's anti-Trump bias may have caused inaction following the discovery of Clinton emails on the laptop of disgraced Democrat New York Congressman Anthony Weiner in September 2016.

During the 2016, Strzok would regularly text with attorney Lisa Page expressing his distaste for Trump.

"Will the Federal Bureau of Investigation ever recover it's once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired?"

"This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans", Goelman said.

He described the move as "a departure from typical bureau practice".