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Federal Bureau of Investigation fires Peter Strzok in wake of anti-Trump text messages

Federal Bureau of Investigation fires Peter Strzok in wake of anti-Trump text messages

Blatantly anti-Trump texts sent from Strzok his girlfriend - who was also his coworker - during the 2016 campaign when he wrote how they needed to stop Donald Trump from winning the presidency.

And former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was sacked in March - just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension - also set up a GoFundMe account in March.

The lawyer, Aitan Goelman, criticized the firing in a statement Monday, saying he was sacked because of political pressure and "to punish Special Agent Strzok for political speech protected by the First Amendment". Democrats accused Republicans of trying to divert attention from Mueller's investigation and Trump's ties to Russian Federation by focusing on Strzok.

President Donald Trump lashed out at his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions once again on Tuesday, declaring there would be no "Witch Hunt" if he had a "real Attorney General". According to The Washington Post , his attorney challenged his dismissal, and Candice M. Will, assistant director of the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, later decided Strzok should be demoted and face a 60-day suspension.

Texts between the two included their observations of the 2016 election and criticism of Trump.

"It is a total Hoax".

In one exchange, Page wrote Trump "is not ever going to become president, right?"

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There is no indication that the probe will be dropped.

Monday, the president called for the Mueller investigation to be "properly redone" in light of Mr. Stzok's involvement.

House Republicans cheered Strzok's firing, with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy saying on Twitter that it was "long overdue".

A fake Twitter account using the name of fired Federal Bureau of Investigation official Peter Strzok fooled a Fox News online columnist, and then Donald Trump posted to Twitter about it.

Bobby Goodlatte tweeted that he was "deeply embarrassed" that "Strzok's career was ruined by" Virginia Rep.

Strzok faced tough questions from the elder Goodlatte during a particularly brutal congressional hearing last month.