A government watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI in an attempt to obtain records related to the reassignment of an FBI agent who was removed from the Russia investigation due to his bias against President Donald Trump.
Judicial Watch is seeking information related to the reassignment of FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from Speical Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential campaign. Strzok was reportedly dismissed from his duties due to the discovery of anti-Trump and pro-Clinton texts he shared with his mistress, Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who also briefly worked on Mueller’s team.
In the texts, Page refers to Trump as an “enormous douche,” and a “loathsome human” who “should go F himself.” Strzok declares, “F TRUMP,” he is a “f***ing idiot,” and his supporters are “PATHETIC” and “DOUCHEBAGS.”
Page also texts to Strzok, maybe “you’re meant to protect the country from that menace [Trump],” to which he replies, “we’re both very fortunate” and “I can protect our country at many levels.”
“It is disturbing the FBI has stonewalled our request about the Mr. Strzok demotion for four months,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
“One can only conclude the FBI and Justice Department (including Mr. Mueller’s operation) wanted to hide the truth about how Strzok’s and Page’s political biases and misconduct have compromised both the Clinton email and Russia collusion investigations,” said Fitton.
Strzok and Page worked at the FBI under Director James Comey, who exonerated Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her illegal use of a private email server and mishandling of classified government documents. President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017.
According to CNS News, “Strzok was one of the FBI agents who interviewed Clinton in the email server case. He is also the agent who rewrote part of James Comey’s exoneration of Hillary Clinton, replacing the words ‘grossly negligent,’ a legal term, to ‘extremely careless’ in regard to Clinton’s mishandling of classified documents.”
Page was employed in the office of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who worked under Comey and helped oversee the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s illicit use of a private email server. The Russia investigation under special counsel Mueller was launched on May 17, eight days after Comey’s firing.
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