Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Strzok fired over anti-Trump texts

Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok testifies before a joint committee hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill

Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, said FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich ordered the agent's termination on Friday.

In text message exchanges, Page asks: Trump is "not ever going to become president, right? No he won't. We'll stop it".

The revelation that then-President Barack Obama's FBI had begun investigating the presidential candidate of the opposing party - followed by the Bureau's refusal to explain why - would likely have enraged a large section of the voting public and propelled Trump to a landslide victory.

President Donald Trump celebrated the firing of a frequent Twitter target of his on Monday. Strzok told lawmakers that he never leaked information about the Russian Federation inquiry, which could have upended the election and hurt Trump's chances of becoming president.

FBI agent Peter Strzok - the subject of much ire from President Donald Trump and many on the right in recent months after his anti-Trump texts were made public - was sacked from the Bureau on Monday.

The 21-year Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran was sacked Friday afternoon, according to Strzok's attorney Aitan Goelman.

The lawyer with whom Strzok was texting, Lisa Page, had been part of the special counsel investigation, but no longer works for the FBI. Horowitz could not rule out that Strzok had slow-walked the examination of the new emails to help Clinton's presidential bid.

America has, nearly certainly, not heard the last of Peter Strzok. It also criticized the FBI's decision to fire him, saying it was "driven by political pressure" and breaks with the agency's typical processes.

Fitton said Monday on Outnumbered Overtime that Strzok is an "architect" behind the Russian collusion theory and that there would be no probe without him.

At a congressional hearing earlier this month, Strzok sparred with Republican lawmakers who raised questions about his character and even his marriage.

Trump has seized upon the messages to bolster his claim that the Special Counsel's probe is a political "witch hunt" by biased prosecutors.

Strzok's dismissal was not unexpected.

Under FBI regulations, agents may express political opinions "as an individual". Attorney General Jeff Sessions later removed Comey's deputy, McCabe, after the inspector general alleged he lied about a media disclosure related to Clinton.

He said the firing "should be deeply troubling to all Americans". The FBI under Comey declined to prosecute Clinton for any possible violations of the Espionage Act.

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