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

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

Agent Peter Strzok is considered one of the most experienced investigators in the FBI and previously assisted with the Hillary Clinton email investigation, before moving on to investigate Russia's interference in the election.

Defenders of Page and Strzok insisted the issue is "overblown" and that there was no misconduct between the two.

The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, pictured here on June 21, removed investigator Peter Strzok over allegations about text messages he exchanged.

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

Nunes and the committee had known about Strzok's removal for months, but not the reasons for it, which were only revealed on Saturday in what York suggested was an "orchestrated leak" to the Times and the Post.

The people who were briefed on the reassignment said it was due to the "discovery of text messages in which Strzok and a colleague reacted to news events, like presidential debates, in ways that could appear critical of Trump".

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

The Post has repeatedly sought comment from Strzok and Page, but got no response. A Justice Department spokeswoman said "We are aware of the allegations and are taking any and all appropriate steps".

Mr Trump wrote that after years under fired FBI director James Comey, "with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more)", the agency's reputation "is in Tatters - worst in History!"

By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russian Federation collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress' constitutional oversight responsibility.

The department has already provided members of House leadership and the Intelligence Committee with "several hundred pages of classified documents" and multiple briefings - including whether any Federal Bureau of Investigation payments were made related to the dossier - and has cleared witnesses including McCabe and Strzok to testify, she said.


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