Trump asks if firing means end to Russian Federation probe

FBI fires Strzok after anti Trump texts

Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok took his anti-Trump rhetoric public on Monday, setting up a Twitter account and a GoFundMe page seeking to raise $150,000 to cover his "legal costs and lost income".

Goelman said in a statement the FBI's deputy director "overruled" the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility, FoxNews.com reported.

Peter Strzok came under fire for sending text messages promising to "stop" Donald Trump before he became president, while leading the investigation into his campaign.

The lawyer with whom Strzok was texting, Lisa Page, had been part of the special counsel investigation, but no longer works for the FBI.

"Peter Strzok, a man who has spent his entire life working to help keep us and our nation safe, has been fired", it begins.

"It's a body blow to the Mueller investigation", he said, adding that Strzok shouldn't have been near either the Clinton or Mueller investigations. "No Collusion, No Obstruction - I just fight back!" he wrote.

Democrats accused Republicans of trying to divert attention from Mueller's investigation and Trump's ties to Russian Federation by excessively focusing on Strzok.

Mr Trump took to Twitter not long after the news broke.

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Both Comey and McCabe said, however, they believe they were fired because they are crucial witnesses in Mueller's probe, which is also covering whether Trump may have tried to obstruct the investigation. "In the texts, Strzok called Trump an "[expletive] idiot", said that Clinton should win "100,000,000 - 0", discussed an "insurance policy" in the "unlikely event" that Trump would win, vowed to "stop" Trump from becoming president, and spoke of impeachment within days of joining special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, said the dismissal of the embattled 21-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the result of "political pressure".

"It is a total Hoax", Trump said of the Russian Federation investigation.

Strzok made national headlines earlier this year when his communications with fellow DOJ official Lisa Page talked of creating an "insurance policy" against a potential Trump administration.

Strzok also faced off against Republicans during a 10-hour congressional hearing regarding the text messages in June.

The Justice Department IG found Strzok had "bias" but found Strzok and Page hadn't let their views impact their decisions on cases.

US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon arrival at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, on August 4, 2018.

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