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Mueller removed investigator from team after discovering anti-Trump text messages

04 Декабря 2017

During the Clinton investigation and campaign season, Strzok and Page allegedly exchanged text messages which criticized then-candidate Donald Trump and indicated support of Clinton.

The agent, Peter Strzok, is considered one of the most experienced and trusted F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators.

Mueller was appointed in May to lead the Justice Department's investigation into whether President Trump or any of his associates colluded with Russian during the 2016 White House race. Page, who was an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer before joining the special counsel team, left the team to return to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July, the special counsel's office confirmed weeks later. For months, officials have refused to explain why Strzok was reassigned, but people familiar with the matter said it was ultimately Mueller's decision.

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The Times reported "Strzok and a colleague reacted to news events, like presidential debates, in ways that could appear critical of Mr. Trump". Page was also on Mueller's team but left two weeks before the alleged anti-Trump texts were found. NBC News has not confirmed the contents of the messages and other details of Strzok's removal. A review of the texts is now underway to determine whether the two agents allowed political bias to influence their work, but regardless of what that investigation concludes, the story is sure to provide ammunition for those, like President Trump and his defenders, who have accused the Mueller investigation, FBI, and overall intelligence community of being driven by partisanship. But following the news, analysts pointed out that his reassignment suggests that Mueller has worked to avoid any conflicts of interest.

The allegations came to light after the Justice Department's inspector general started examining Strzok's messages. "The OIG has been reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them".

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Mueller removed investigator from team after discovering anti-Trump text messages