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

Laura Christensen
December 4, 2017

A top FBI agent at the center of both the Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team for exchanging derogatory text messages about the president with a colleague.

Strzok was removed this summer after the inspector general of Justice Department discovered him and another person from Mueller's team exchanging anti-Trump text messages.

Three sources told the Times that the catalyst was the discovery of text messages in which Strzok reacted to news events - including presidential debates - in ways that could be deemed critical of Donald Trump.

A spokesperson for Mueller's office said, "Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel's office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation".

During this investigation, Strzok was allegedly involved in an extra-marital affair with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, according to The Washington Post.

Officials are now reviewing the communications to see if they show evidence of political bias in their work on the cases, a review which could result in a public report, according to people familiar with the matter.

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A lawyer for Strzok declined to comment. Rumors over the cause of Strzok's removal have swirled for months. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said that "we are aware of the allegation and are taking any and all appropriate steps". Nunes and other committee Republicans - backed by Speaker Paul Ryan - say they want to investigate whether the Justice Department and FBI may have improperly relied on the dossier to kick-start federal surveillance that caught up Trump associates, without independently confirming the information they used to justify such spying.

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.

The DOJ is investigating the Strzok-led FBI investigation of the Clinton email scandal.

The agent, Peter Strzok, is considered one of the most experienced and trusted FBI counterintelligence investigators.

Mueller has so far charged four people in his investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, most recently former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mr Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI and agreed to co-operate with Robert Mueller's investigation.

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