FBI Agent Who Supervised Trump-Russia Probe Reportedly Sent Anti-Trump Text Messages
A top FBI agent at the center of both the Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team for exchanging derogatory text messages about the president with a colleague.
Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI investigator, was shuffled off to the FBI’s human resources department by Mueller after the Justice Department’s inspector general opened an investigation into the texts, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
And according to The Washington Post, Strzok exchanged the messages with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who was also assigned to and later removed from Mueller’s team. Strzok and Page, who works for FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, were reportedly having an extramarital affair.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, said that Strzok was removed from the Russia investigation as soon as the inspector general’s findings were revealed this summer.
“Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the Special Counsel’s Office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation. Lisa Page completed her brief detail and had returned to the FBI weeks before our office was aware of the allegations,” Carr told The Daily Caller.
The text messages showed Strzok and Page reacting with anti-Trump sentiments to certain news events, including the presidential debates.
Mueller’s personnel moves, which were made at some point over the summer, had remained a mystery of the former FBI director’s expansive investigation.