A legal scholar and longtime critic of the Obama administration says FBI Agent Peter Strzok should have been fired months ago.
During two days of testimony before a Senate and House committee, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz was grilled by Republican lawmakers about blatant pro-Hillary, anti-Trump emails written by Strzok to fellow DOJ attorney Lisa Page.
The questionable emails were included in a 500-page report released this week by Horowitz's office that further bolstered claims that a "weaponized" Department of Justice went after then-candidate Donald Trump.
“In assessing Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation," the report states, "these text messages led us to conclude that we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision was free from bias."
That conclusion came after Strzok and Page discussed Trump becoming president at one point.
"[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!" Page asked in a text.
"No. No he won't. We'll stop it," Strzok, chief of counterintelligence in the FBI, responded.
Strzok, in fact, was also the lead FBI agent in the Clinton probe and led early efforts at the DOJ to investigate Russian collussion with the Trump campaign.
He was fired from special counsel Robert Mueller's legal team in 2017 after the special counsel learned of his text messages with Page.
After months of being in the headlines, and the release of the IG report, Strzok was finally escorted out of the FBI building this week and effectively suspended from his duties.
"It's true that the IG report just came out," he observes, "but the text messages that indicated and showed his lack of professionalism - his biased partisanship - we knew about those last year."
And yet the FBI simply reassigned the FBI agent to the human resources department, he points out.
Strzok and Page, who were carrying on an extramarital affair, exchanged a whopping 50,000 text messages while supposedly carrying out their law enforcement duties.
Strzok's attorney confirmed to the media Tuesday that his client was escorted from the FBI building, telling Fox News that Strzok deserves "due process" after serving his country and cooperating with investigators.
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