Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Federal Bureau of Investigation fires Strzok in wake of anti-Trump text messages

Federal Bureau of Investigation fires Strzok in wake of anti-Trump text messages

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the "illegal Rigged Witch Hunt" Russia probe should be disembarked now that former FBI Agent Peter Strzok has been fired.

Monday, the president called for the Mueller investigation to be "properly redone" in light of Mr. Stzok's involvement. The agent had sent anti-Trump text messages during the Russian Federation investigation. His lawyer said that his texts are protected speech under the First Amendment.

"We are asking you to support a man who has dedicated his life to defending America", it says.

"It is a decision that produces only one victor - those who seek to harm our country and weaken our democracy", he said.

The FBI had been reviewing Strzok's employment after the politically charged text messages were discovered past year.

"In another text, Page wrote Strzok in August 2016: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right?

"Trump quoted Swecker's column in a Twitter post on Wednesday, saying, "'The action (the Strzok firing) was a decisive step in the right direction in correcting the wrongs committed by what has been described as Comey's skinny inner circle.' Chris Swecker, former FBI Assistant Director".

FBN's Francis also asked Fitton about Judicial Watch's pursuit in court of McCabe emails during the time of the bureau's investigation of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information.

The decision to fire Strzok should be "deeply troubling to all Americans", said his attorney Aitan Goelman.

He vehemently denied that his personal political leanings had colored his professional judgment and his ability to conduct an impartial investigation.

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