Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

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 special counsel, Robert Mueller, removed a top FBI agent from his investigation into Russian election meddling after the Justice Department's inspector general began examining whether the agent sent text messages that expressed anti-Trump political views, according to three people briefed on the matter. Mueller has been looking into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election since May.

According to the Post, Strzok was reportedly having an affair with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who worked for Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, at the time he was also helping lead the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

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The messages from Mr. Strzok were discovered in the course of that internal review.

ABC News reported back in August that Strzok had left the investigation, but said at the time "it's unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller's team of almost two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staffers". Strzok was re-assigned to the FBI's human resources department, a move many saw as a demotion.

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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. But in August, news outlets reported that he was no longer involved in the special counsel effort. Page, who was an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer before joining the special counsel team, left the team to return to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July, the special counsel's office confirmed weeks later. 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".

Though, Fox News reports the role Strzok played in the Clinton investigation may now be under review at the Department of Justice. 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. 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.

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