President Donald Trump is questioning whether special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and Trump's presidential campaign will be dropped now that the FBI has fired one of Mueller's former investigators.
Strzok has been the target of months of attacks by Trump and his supporters over the text messages, which Strzok exchanged on his official government mobile phone with Page.
The decision, Goelman added, was at odds with a recommendation by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, which had called for Strzok to face a 60-day suspension and demotion from his supervisory responsibilities.
"This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans". "The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. 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".
In another tweet, he called the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's email server, a "sham investigation", saying it "was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!"
In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Strzok was subject to the standard Federal Bureau of Investigation review and disciplinary process and defended the decision to overrule the OPR.
"My recollection is of working on the draft with a group of us in my office because it was the largest office and taking the inputs of probably five or ten different people", Strzok testified.
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Page wrote in a text, Trump is "not ever going to become president, right?" Trump is a huge fan of those agreements but legal experts say they are useless at controlling former White House aides.
North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, one of the leading critics of the FBI investigations, said Strzok was sacked "because of what his own written words plainly showed: he was willing to use his official FBI position to try and stop President Trump from getting elected".
Strzok was sacked Friday, his attorney confirmed.
Those texts cost him his spot on special counsel Robert Mueller's team and fed claims that the entire Russian Federation probe is a partisan "witch hunt".
Trump has repeatedly criticized Strzok on Twitter.
In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe after a scathing report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog concluded he had leaked information to reporters and misled investigators about his actions. The FBI under Comey declined to prosecute Clinton for any possible violations of the Espionage Act.