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Mueller removed top Federal Bureau of Investigation agent over possible anti-Trump texts

Mueller removed top Federal Bureau of Investigation agent over possible anti-Trump texts”

Robert Mueller kicked a "top FBI agent" off the special counsel investigation this summer over potential anti-Trump texts he sent, per a new report today.

Investigators from the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General have been reviewing both the FBI's and the Justice Department's handling of the Clinton probe, which cleared the former Democratic presidential candidate of criminal wrongdoing, sources said.

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".

"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, as quoted by the Times.

The Post reported that Strzok and Page exchanged texts that were anti-Trump and pro-Clinton. Law enforcement officials who have worked with Strzok told the New York Times they've seen no evidence to suggest he let his political views influence the investigation. The FBI and the Office of the Special Counsel declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said that "we are aware of the allegation and are taking any and all appropriate steps". For months, officials have refused to explain why Strzok was reassigned, but people familiar with the matter said it was ultimately Mueller's decision.

Defenders of Strzok and Page inside the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that because there was no direct supervisory role between Page and Strzok in the workplace, there wasn't anything professionally wrong about having an affair, but added they understood why Mueller would not want anyone engaged in such conduct on his team.

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.

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

Mr Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI and agreed to co-operate with Robert Mueller's investigation.

The president said earlier on Sunday that he had never asked Mr Comey to stop investigating ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.



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