FBI agent removed from Mueller investigation over anti-Trump messages

Mueller Reportedly Removed FBI Agent from Investigation Due to Anti-Trump Texts

One of the most trusted FBI counterintelligence investigators, Strzok helped in leading the investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email account, and then played a major role in the investigation into links between President Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, reported New York Times.

Mr Trump wrote that after years under fired FBI director James Comey, "with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more)", the agency's reputation "is in Tatters - worst in History!"

A lawyer for Strzok declined to comment.

The precise content of Strzok's text messages is unknown, and it remains unclear whether Horowitz will make them public.

Robert Mueller removed an FBI agent from his investigation into alleged Russian election meddling, people briefed on the matter told U.S. media.

Nunes, in the statement, said the committee will move on a resolution by the end of the month unless its demands are "fully met" by the close of business December 4.

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Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of Mrs. Clinton's email server in 2016, left the special counsel's team last summer. Mueller took the assignment after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe, amid accusations that he didn't fully disclose a conversation with a Russian ambassador.

The Justice Department 's Office of the Inspector General said in a statement Saturday that it has been "reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them". Strzok was re-assigned to the FBI's human resources department, a move many saw as a demotion.

The inquiry into Mr. Strzok is being conducted by the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, who is leading a broad examination of how the F.B.I. handled the Clinton email investigation. Mueller has been looking into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election since May.

The dossier, which included salacious allegations about Trump, was paid for in part by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton through a law firm.

"The DOJ has now expressed - on a Saturday, just hours after the press reports on Strzok's dismissal appeared - a sudden willingness to comply with some of the committee's long-standing demands", Nunes said.

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