Federal Bureau of Investigation removed agent from Russian Federation probe for anti-Trump messages

Mueller Reportedly Removed FBI Agent from Investigation Due to Anti-Trump Texts

The New York Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller removed a top FBI agent from the on-going Russian election-interference investigation after it was discovered the agent sent text messages displaying political animosity towards President Trump. Strzok has since been reassigned to the FBI's human resources department. The "text messages with a colleague" the Times refers to is regarding messages critical of President Trump exchanged with Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was having an affair.

You can read the whole report here. The New York Times said that a lawyer for Strzok declined to comment, while the Washington Post said it repeatedly sought comment from Strzok, but received no response. The Department of Justice did not respond to a request for further comment.

ABC News first reported in August that Peter Strzok, who had been tapped only weeks earlier by Mueller to help lead the probe of alleged Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, had left Mueller's team.

During the Clinton investigation, Strzok was involved in a romantic relationship with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who worked for Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. The FBI was not immediately available for comment. "What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion", Trump said, "There's been absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy".

Trump supporters will likely view the revelations about Strzok as a path toward discrediting the Mueller probe.

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Two senior FBI officials on Clinton, Trump probes exchanged politically charged texts disparaging Trump

The Clinton investigation formally ended in July 2016, when former FBI Director James B. Comey announced he would recommend Clinton face no charges for her use of a private email server as Secretary of State.

ABC News reported back in August that Strzok had left the investigation, but said at the time "it's unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller's team of almost two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staffers". His disappointment that the FBI, one of the last agencies to lose its good standing among the American people, had succumbed to blatant partisan politics and could no longer be trusted on points of law enforcement and investigation was palpable. and heart-breaking.

The inspector general's office "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", the statement said. The matter came up during a review that the Justice Department launched into the FBI's decision to announce an inquiry into Clinton's emails shortly before the November presidential election.

Attempts by the Times and the Post to reach Strzok and Page were unsuccessful. Mr. Strzok, just days removed from the Clinton case, was selected to supervise it.

Page and Strzok reportedly continued exchanging politically charged texts throughout the 2016 campaign season.

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