FBI Fires Strzok Over Anti-Trump Texts

FBI Fires Strzok Over Anti-Trump Texts

FBI Fires Strzok Over Anti-Trump Texts

After leaving Mueller's investigation, Strzok was reassigned to human resources but was still employed by the bureau.

But President Trump tweeted Monday saying Strzok "finally" had been let go.

The FBI agent who came under scrutiny for anti-Trump texts he sent from a work phone during the 2016 presidential campaign has now been fired, according to his lawyer.

Goelman said in a statement the FBI's deputy director "overruled" the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility, FoxNews.com reported.

His attorney, Aitan Goelman, said Mr. Strzok was sacked Friday.

In the twilight of his career, Strzok was integral to two of the bureau's most high-profile investigations: the Russian Federation case, and the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state.

He said the sacking overruled a decision by the head of Federal Bureau of Investigation employee discipline, who determined that Mr Strzok should only face a demotion and a 60-day suspension.

He was removed from Mueller's team last summer following the discovery of in which he referred to Trump as an "idiot". "No he won't. We'll stop it". Trump contended that Strzok targeted the president and accused Strzok of being "treasonous" and a "disgrace".

Strzok recently appeared before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees where he was grilled by lawmakers about his anti-Trump bias. Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI's repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process.

Conservatives soon made Strzok the face of their attacks against the special counsel investigation into the president's campaign, and the FBI took steps to remove him from its ranks. "It simply couldn't happen". In March, Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director, was sacked after the inspector general repeatedly faulted him for misleading investigators. In a text, he seemed to imply he didn't think there would be substantial findings of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign team.

Strzok was also a lead investigator on the probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton's email sever in 2016.

"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.

The FBI did not have an immediate comment.

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