A top FBI agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators after sending anti-Trump texts to a fellow FBI employee he was having an affair with, according to reports on Saturday.
The agent, Peter Strzok, was taken off the federal investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election after the messages were discovered, The New York Times first reported. A spokesman for Mueller, said Strzok was removed “immediately upon learning of the allegations.”
The highly respected counterintelligence agent reportedly exchanged messages with FBI lawyer Lisa Page that could be viewed as critical of President Trump.
Trump and his supporters have sought to discredit the investigation, claiming bias on part of the investigators.
Page was also appointed to Mueller’s team but returned to her role at the FBI before the messages were uncovered.
The pair, who were engaged in a romantic relationship at the time, wrote to one another throughout the campaign about presidential debates and other issues. Strzok at the time was assigned to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. The messages were revealed as part of the Justice Department’s inspector general investigation into the handling of the Clinton email probe. With News Wire Services