Mueller Reassigned Top FBI Agent in Russia Probe over anti-Trump Texts

04 December, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Mueller Reportedly Removed FBI Agent from Investigation Due to Anti-Trump Texts

A top FBI official working on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the election was removed over the summer after it was revealed that he'd allegedly sent anti-Trump text messages.

As part of the intelligence committee's investigation into the Trump-Russia probe and the anti-Trump dossier, Nunes asked the Justice Department several times why Strzok had been removed from the investigation, according to the Washington Examiner.

But Strzok was reassigned this summer from Mueller's investigation to the FBI's human resources department, where he has been stationed since.

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.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the Special Counsel's Office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, confirmed to Fox News.

A lawyer for Mr. Strzok declined to comment. "Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!"

Agent Peter Strzok is considered one of the most experienced investigators in the FBI and previously assisted with the Hillary Clinton email investigation, before moving on to investigate Russia's interference in the election.

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The department has already provided members of House leadership and the Intelligence Committee with "several hundred pages of classified documents" and multiple briefings - including whether any Federal Bureau of Investigation payments were made related to the dossier, and has cleared witnesses including McCabe and Strzok to testify, she said.

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.

Mueller was appointed in May to lead the Justice Department's investigation into whether President Trump or any of his associates colluded with Russian during the 2016 White House race.

The House committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, responded in a statement that the Department of Justice inspector general is "properly investigating the handling of the investigation, including the current allegation of bias" by Strzok.

The precise content of Strzok's text messages is unknown, and it remains unclear whether Horowitz will make them public.

However, the President later backed down.

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