The FBI has fired now former agent Peter Strzok, who recently became the poster boy for the huge controversy surrounding investigations into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.Strzok, who had served the FBI for 21 years, was fired on Friday, according to Strzok’s attorney Aitan Goelman. President Trump took to Twitter on the news of the firing to denounce him and other FBI officials as “clowns and losers” who all helped to tarnish the reputation of the bureau.“This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans,” Goelman said in a statement released on Monday, adding that the bureau’s deputy director had “overruled” the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility concerning Strzok’s case.
His name first popped up in the press in December, when it was revealed that Strzok had been removed from Mueller’s team and re-assigned to FBI’s Human Resources department.The Justice Department’s inspector general had found hundreds of text messages between Strzok and FBI special counsel Lisa Page, who were having an extramarital affair, revealing the duo’s hostility to Trump.
[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page texted Strzok in one exchange in August 2016.
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok replied.
Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI – finally. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction – I just fight back!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
The inspector-general’s report, released in June, found no “documentary or testimonial evidence” that Strzok and Page’s political bias affected their work, but conceded that “the conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation.”In a testimony before two House committees last month, however, Strzok insisted he was not biased at all and had done nothing wrong.He was “particularly proud” of his work on the Clinton investigation, and described his texts with Page as driven by “deep patriotism.”
At one point during the unsettling spectacle, Strzok admitted he was still employed by the FBI and holding a security clearance.Cheering Strzok’s dismissal on Monday, Trump wondered if the “Witch Hunt” – the Mueller probe – will now be dropped, given that Strzok was “in charge” of it originally.He also raised the possibility of a repeat investigation into Clinton’s emails, given Strzok’s involvement in that as well.