Mueller removed Federal Bureau of Investigation agent from Russian Federation probe for anti-Trump texts

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The agent, Peter Strzok, a counterintelligence veteran, was reassigned when the Justice Department inspector general's office found potentially disparaging texts he sent to a colleague, The Washington Post and The New York Times first reported.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has instructed his staff to draw up a contempt of Congress citation for FBI Director Christopher Wray and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, after it was revealed Saturday that a top FBI agent was removed from the Trump-Russia investigation for possible anti-Trump bias.

The text messages showed Strzok and Page reacting with anti-Trump sentiments to certain news events, including the presidential debates.

Peter Strzok, deputy head of counter-intelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was a key player in special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives trying to tilt the election in Trump's favor, the Post said. But in August, news outlets reported that he was no longer involved in the special counsel effort.

The precise content of Strzok's text messages is unknown, and it remains unclear whether Horowitz will make them public.

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The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General has been reviewing both the FBI's and Justice handling of the Clinton probe, which cleared the Mrs. Clinton of criminal wrongdoing.

"By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russian Federation collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress' constitutional oversight responsibility", Nunes said, as quoted by York.

A lawyer for Strzok declined to comment. A Justice Department spokeswoman said "We are aware of the allegations and are taking any and all appropriate steps".

During the Clinton email investigation, Page was a regular participant when Comey would hold "skinny group" meetings on the case - a small collection of advisers that gathered to address sensitive cases, according to people familiar with the case.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the Special Counsel's Office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel's office.

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