Top FBI agent removed from Mueller's team over anti-Trump texts

Violet Powell
December 4, 2017

For months, officials have refused to explain why Strzok was reassigned, but people familiar with the matter said it was ultimately Mueller's decision.

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

The Post reported that Strzok and Page exchanged texts that were anti-Trump and pro-Clinton.

"Lisa Page completed her brief detail and had returned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation weeks before our office was aware of the allegations", Carr also said in his statement, though it was not immediately clear to which allegations he was referring. It said the office is "reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them".

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Rodriguez and the teen had been around each other "at sports events, but they've never been alone at all", Smith said. Scarlet Frisina, the teen's mother told CBS News on Friday, "I know that she to some degree left on her own".

"The DOJ has now expressed - on a Saturday, just hours after the press reports on Strzok's dismissal appeared - sudden willingness to comply with some of the Committee's long-standing demands", Nunes said.

I mention this only because the revelation that an FBI agent, Peter Strzok, who supervised both the Hillary email investigation and the Trump-Russia probe sent anti-Trump text messages to his alleged mistress, an FBI lawyer, goes straight to the heart of many Americans' sense that the FBI should be fair and impartial, working with an eye on the bigger historical and legal picture, above the petty politics of the day. Trump has called the probe a "witch hunt", while Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the accusation is the result of Clinton's supporters not wanting to admit the Democratic candidate has only herself to blame for losing the election. But following the news, analysts pointed out that his reassignment suggests that Mueller has worked to avoid any conflicts of interest.

The discovery of the text messages came at a crucial moment in Mr. Mueller's investigation. During a House Oversight Committee hearing in November, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the probe was ongoing and that he expects to release the final report in March or April of 2018.

The Office of the Inspector General is also reviewing Strzok's role in the Clinton email investigation, according to sources cited by Fox News.

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