Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok fired over anti-Trump texts

Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok speaks during a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees on Capitol Hill

Strzok worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and then special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates.

Special counsel Robert Mueller fired Strzok from the Russian Federation investigation after it was discovered that Strzok had been sending texts to a fellow FBI agent bashing then-candidate Donald Trump and saying that Trump would never become president because "we'll stop it", while he was working on the Clinton email investigation during the 2016 election.

Strzok testified in July that he sent the August 2016 texts to former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, in response to the "horrible, disgusting" comments then-candidate Trump made about the family of a fallen Muslim war hero.

His attorney, Aitan Goelman, said Mr. Strzok was sacked Friday. Goelman said that the deputy director's decision comes after the head of the office that normally handles disciplinary actions decided Strzok should instead face a demotion and 60-day suspension.

Mueller had removed Strzok from his team after the anti-Trump texts were released.

The lawyer, Aitan Goelman, criticized the firing in a statement Monday, saying he was sacked because of political pressure and "to punish Special Agent Strzok for political speech protected by the First Amendment". "No he won't. We'll stop it".

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Strzok acknowledged to the House Judiciary Committee that he had exchanged all the messages with Page that had been discovered by Justice Department investigators but said the First Amendment protected his right to hold those views and denied he had ever let his beliefs affect any of his official actions.

Peter Strzok has been accused by Republicans of being biased against Donald Trump, and seeking to prevent his election victory.

"This isn't the normal process in any way more than name", Goelman said.

He was reassigned to the FBI's human resources division. "It simply couldn't happen". The two are at the centre of controversial texts that led to him being removed from Mueller's team.

"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.

The FBI made no immediate comment about the news on Monday morning.

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