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

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

The agent has been identified as Peter Strzok, one of the agency's most experienced and trusted counterintelligence investigators, said the New York Times, which first reported the dismissal.

The Post has repeatedly sought comment from Strzok and Page, but got no response. He sent the text messages to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who also left the Mueller investigation this past summer.

Mueller's office removed Strzok after the Department of Justice inspector general discovered text messages he had exchanged about news events that could be considered anti-Trump, according to the Times and The Washington Post.

The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General has been reviewing both the FBI's and Justice handling of the Clinton probe, which cleared the Mrs. Clinton of criminal wrongdoing. Supporters of the president have pointed to Democratic campaign contributions by members of the special counsel team, and to the Uranium One deal with Russian Federation that Clinton's State Department helped approve, which happened while Mueller was Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Word of the texts could give new fuel to those demands. Some conservatives encouraged Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller, saying the investigation was tainted.

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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. Of the four, two have pled guilty to lying to the FBI - Flynn and a former Trump campaign adviser.

Strzok was a major player in the Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations.

The DOJ is investigating the Strzok-led FBI investigation of the Clinton email scandal.

McCabe, the deputy director, has faced repeated questions from the White House and Republican lawmakers about whether he should have been involved in the Clinton case at all - given the hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations made to his wife, a candidate for political office in Virginia, by a key Clinton ally in 2015.

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