Federal Bureau of Investigation official removed from probe for anti-Trump remarks

Trevor Jackson
December 4, 2017

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel's office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", the office told the Times.

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". It is not clear what the messages said, only that they were apparently conversational responses to campaign news items and were anti-Trump and supportive of Clinton.

Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI investigator, was shuffled off to the FBI's human resources department by Mueller after the Justice Department's inspector general opened an investigation into the texts, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

During the Clinton investigation, Strzok was having an affair with a senior FBI lawyer named Lisa Page, the Post said. Mueller was ramping up his investigation into Mr. Trump's former advisers, while also coming under criticism for putting many donors to Democratic candidates on his team. A Justice Department spokesperson stated: "We are aware of the allegation and are taking any and all appropriate steps". Word of the texts could give new fuel to those demands.

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Days later, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that he would not be recommending charges against Clinton for mishandling classified information on her private email server.

Clinton and her supporters say Comey's moves in October cost her the 2016 election, and Trump and his Republican allies have used it to justify Comey's firing - the event that ultimately led to Mueller being appointed as special counsel. Some conservatives encouraged Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller, saying the investigation was tainted.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly criticized how the F.B.I. handled the Clinton email investigation, saying that Mrs. Clinton should have been charged.

Current and former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials say the Strzok matter points to a larger, unresolved issue facing the agency as it tries to investigate the president and make a fresh start with a new director, Christopher Wray.

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