Top agent in Russia inquiry removed over anti-Trump texts

Mueller Reportedly Removed FBI Agent from Investigation Due to Anti-Trump Texts

Mueller Reportedly Removed FBI Agent from Investigation Due to Anti-Trump Texts

The special counsel examining alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election removed a top FBI investigator from his team for exchanging text messages with a colleague that expressed anti-Trump views, two USA newspapers reported on Saturday.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel's office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", said a spokesman for the special counsel's office, Peter Carr.

Confirmation of the agent's dismissal from his role on Mueller's team came after two reports surfaced that said the agent may have shared texts that were critical of President Donald Trump. Strzok was subsequently removed from Mueller's team after the inspector general began examining the messages.

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Officials are now reviewing the communications to see if they show evidence of political bias in their work on the cases, a review which could result in a public report, according to people familiar with the matter.

The FBI declined to comment.

Strzok also worked on the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. He helped lead the investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email account, and then played a major role in the investigation into links between President Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

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Strzok was removed from the Russian Federation probe over the summer, the Post and the New York Times said.

"Among federal law enforcement officials, there is great concern that exposure of the texts [Strzok and Page] exchanged may be used by the president and his defenders to attack the credibility of the Mueller probe, and the FBI more broadly", the Post wrote Saturday.

According to the Times, Strzok was reassigned after the Justice Department's inspector general discovered text messages on his phone that could be interpreted as critical of Trump.

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

The Post has repeatedly sought comment from Strzok and Page but got no response. Some conservatives encouraged Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller, saying the investigation was tainted. Mr. Horowitz is scrutinizing Mr. Comey's decision to hold a news conference in July 2016 to announce that the bureau was recommending that Mrs. Clinton not be charged, and how Mr. Comey reopened the investigation just days before the 2016 election.

According to the Washington Post, Strzok's actions may have influenced other investigations, such as the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's illegal e-mail use.

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