Well, this should make Donald Trump’s day.
Courtesy of CNN:
The FBI has fired Peter Strzok, an agent who was removed from the Russia probe last year for sending text messages disparaging President Donald Trump, Strzok’s lawyer said Monday.
Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s attorney, said FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich ordered the agent’s termination on Friday. 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.
“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 intended to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters,” Goelman said in his statement.
Special counsel Robert Mueller removed Strzok from his team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election last summer after an internal investigation first revealed texts with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok had an extramarital affair, that could be read as exhibiting political bias.
According to this tweet, the Deputy FBI Director overruled a decision by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, who only suggested that Strzok be suspended, and had the agent fired.
Full statement from Peter Strzok’s lawyer, who says the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension—but was overruled by the FBI’s deputy director. pic.twitter.com/djAHeboYpC
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 13, 2018
Peter Trzok himself also had this to say:
I have been fired for expressing my personal opinion in private texts about a dictator that history will soon deem not only a Russian asset but an unhinged madman threatening the sovereignty of the United States of America.
— Peter Strzok (@_peterstrzok) August 13, 2018
This firing today is clearly a political move designed to get Trump off the FBI’s back and to deflect criticism from his sycophants in the House.
It’s just another example of Trump undermining the authority of government agencies and forcing them to kiss his ring or suffer the wrath of Twitter.
Update: I thought this reminder belonged here.
Strzok fired today. Never forget:
Director Comey: fired
Dep Dir McCabe: fired
Chief Counsel Baker: demoted, left
Chief of Staff Rybicki: left
FBI Counsel Page: demoted, then left
Dep Dir of Counterintel Strzok: demoted, FIRED
Never seen a federal agency where that’s happened
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) August 13, 2018