Kirsters Baish| In some breaking news, Fox News has reported that disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok has been fired. His termination comes months after a plethora of anti-Trump text messages exchanged between Strzok and his mistress/former colleague Lisa Page were discovered. Attorney to Peter Strzok, Aitan Goelman, announced that Strzok had been fired on Friday afternoon.
CNN reports, “The FBI has fired Peter Strzok, an agent who was removed from the Russia probe last year for sending text messages disparaging President Donald Trump, Strzok’s lawyer said Monday.”
The Washington Post reported:
The FBI has fired Agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election until officials discovered he had been sending anti-Trump texts.
The left-leaning news outlet went on:
“This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said.
The FBI declined to comment.
But when a Justice Department inspector general investigation uncovered politically charged messages that Strzok had exchanged with another FBI official, he was relegated to a position in human resources. 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.
Strzok’s position in the bureau had been precarious since last summer, when Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz told Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III that the lead agent on his team had been exchanging anti-Trump messages with an FBI lawyer. The next day, Mueller expelled Strzok from the group.
The lawyer, Lisa Page, had also been a part of Mueller’s team, though she left a few weeks earlier and no longer works for the FBI. She and Strzok were having an affair.
Strzok’s termination comes after he spent 22 years on the bureau, investigating Russian spies, defended officials who were accused of selling government secrets to China. He was also involved in numerous other cases. The Post writes, “In the twilight of his career, Strzok was integral to two of the bureau’s most high-profile investigations: the Russia case, and the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.”
Aitan Goelman stated that FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich had given the order to fire Strzok on Friday. Strzok’s attorney stated that the Deputy Director’s decision to terminate Strzok came following the suggestion from the head of the office which usually handles this kind of disciplinary consequences to give Strzok a 60-day suspension and a demotion. “The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but also contradicts Director (Christopher) Wray’s testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI intended to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters,” Goelman explained in a statement.