According to Peter Strzok’s attorney, the agent who sent anti-Trump texts during the bureau’s investigation of allegations of Russia collusion has been fired:
BREAKING: Lawyer: FBI fires agent Peter Strzok, former Russia probe investigator, over anti-Trump texts.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) August 13, 2018
NOW: Peter Strzok is fired from the FBI. He was moved to HR about a year ago, but still an employee of the agency.
— BILL HEMMER (@BillHemmer) August 13, 2018
JUST IN: FBI special agent Peter Strzok fired in what his attorney calls a "departure from typical Bureau practice."
"This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans," his attorney says. pic.twitter.com/Pd8xXmhLDG
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) August 13, 2018
Full statement from Peter Strzok’s lawyer, who says the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension—but was overruled by the FBI’s deputy director. pic.twitter.com/djAHeboYpC
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 13, 2018
The New York Times provides the obligatory “Republicans pounced” angle to Strzok’s texts:
Breaking News: The FBI fired Peter Strzok, whose anti-Trump text messages were seized on by the president to argue that the Russia inquiry was tainted https://t.co/Ltr7ElWyMy
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 13, 2018
One thing is inevitable about this story:
Ain’t that the truth!
Make no Mistake about it. The firing of Peter Strzok came from the very top, President Donald J. Trump.
The OPR recommendation was simply a demotion and 60-day suspension
Trump is creating an atmosphere of political vengeance at the FBI
He think this will make him look good.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) August 13, 2018
It is deeply troubling! No reason to fire him, he was already demoted. Guess someone got their knickers in a twist, because he didn't take their bullshit at the hearing. Fun fact: All the gop friendly agents are still working there.
— mwest (@mwest410) August 13, 2018
shutting down free speech one person at a time.
— Jenn Jackson (@ecopraire) August 13, 2018
This is messed up. Public employees should be free to have political opinions.
— Kirsten “Antifa is Good” O’Nell (@ohkirsten) August 13, 2018
Hey @FBI you can't just fire a guy who has given his life to protecting this country because of a few texts messages discussing his personal feelings. Strzok is a hero for the work he's done. Which one of the assholes in charge decided this? Wray? Sessions? trump?? https://t.co/Oa0ozcF5rx
— Iceman #TheResistance (@BoatingNut14) August 13, 2018
Peter Strzok was fired?
It's too bad we can't fire the president – Donald Trump is by far the biggest threat facing this nation, followed closely by a complicit @GOP #ImpeachTrump #Resist the #TrumpTraitor@realDonaldTrump @FBI @POTUS @PressSec @DevinNunes @RepMarkMeadows
— Cameron L. Mitchell (@CameronLMitchel) August 13, 2018
Will Strzok now allow himself to become the next Resistance hero (and maybe write a book)?
— Gary 🇺🇸 (@buckeyes1980) August 13, 2018
We would not be surprised.