Embattled Anti-Trump Agent Peter Strzok Fired from Federal Bureau of Investigation

Peter Strzok has been fired from the FBI

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

Strzok, 48, and his lover, former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, exchanged text messages during the 2016 election campaign which were critical of Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Trump and his Republican allies - particularly in the House of Representatives - argue Strzok and Page embody what they call the "bias" within the FBI and Justice Department that is really at the heart of the department's Russian Federation investigation, which in Trump's construction is a "witch hunt" out to frame him.

"The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but also contradicts (FBI) Director (Christopher) Wray's testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI meant to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters", Goelman said in his statement. A lengthy investigation and multiple rounds of Congressional testimony failed to produce a shred of evidence that Special Agent Strzok's personal views ever affected his work.

The FBI declined to comment to the Washington Post about the firing.

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During the 2016, Strzok would regularly text with attorney Lisa Page expressing his distaste for Trump.

But when a Justice Department inspector general investigation uncovered politically charged messages that Strzok had exchanged with another FBI official, he was relegated to a position in human resources.

President Donald Trump has derided the pair as "FBI lovers", and he and his conservative allies have pointed to their conduct in an attempt to discredit the Mueller probe.

FBI Director James Comey was sacked by Mr Trump, who later said he had been thinking of the Russian Federation inquiry when he made his decision.

Strzok's attorneys called his dismissal "not only a departure from typical bureau practice", but a decision that contradicted earlier commitments by FBI Director Christopher Wray to follow standard process in dealing with its personnel matters. Goelman said that the deputy director's decision comes after the head of the office that normally handles disciplinary actions decided Strzok should instead face a demotion and 60-day suspension.

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