FBI Fires Anti-Trump Texting Agent Peter Strzok

FBI fires Strzok after anti Trump texts

Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, said the 21-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was sacked by FBI deputy director David Bowdich on Friday.

The FBI has fired disgraced agent Peter Strzok, who has faced accusations of bias after it was discovered he sent numerous anti-Trump text messages in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.

During the election, Mr Strzok exchanged text messages that disparaged Mr Trump with Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair.

Trump has repeatedly taken aim at Strzok on Twitter, saying his critical text messages showed that Mueller's investigation is a hoax.

Strzok's lawyer said he was sacked late Friday by FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe after a scathing report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog concluded he had leaked information to reporters and misled investigators about his actions.

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

The FBI declined to comment to the Washington Post about the firing.

His texts were criticized by the Justice Department's inspector general in a recent report that examined the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe. He later helped oversee the beginnings of the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and his involvement in both investigations has been seized on by Republicans as evidence of anti-Trump bias in the bureau and those investigating potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

"Just fired Agent Strzok, formerly of the FBI, was in charge of the Crooked Hillary Clinton sham investigation".

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

During a June congressional hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Strzok had been referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility - which he referred to as the bureau's "independent disciplinary arm" - and that officials would "not hesitate to hold people strictly accountable".

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