Federal Bureau of Investigation sacks agent who exchanged anti-Trump messages with lover

Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok testifies before a joint committee hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill

Peter Strzok, the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who became a favorite target of President Trump and other Republicans when it was revealed that he had sent anti-Trump text messages in the run-up to the 2016 election, was sacked from the agency on Monday.

The decision, Goelman added, was at odds with a recommendation by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, which had called for Strzok to face a 60-day suspension and demotion from his supervisory responsibilities.

But Goelman said Bowdich overruled that decision and ordered Strzok's termination.

Strzok was also a lead investigator on the probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton's email sever in 2016.

Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok was finally fired Monday morning after months of revelations showing he held, and potentially acted on, an extreme anti-Trump bias during his time at the Bureau.

The FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok, known for exchanging text messages vowing to prevent Donald Trump from being elected while investigating Hillary Clinton's abuse of classified information and later alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

During the 2016, Strzok would regularly text with attorney Lisa Page expressing his distaste for Trump.

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His texts were criticised by the Justice Department's inspector general report that examined the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe.

Strzok's lawyer, Aitan Goelman, said his client was sacked late Friday by FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In the last two years he had worked on the agency's two most high-profile investigations - the Russian Federation probe and the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Trump also noted that Strzok ran the investigation of Hillary Clinton, calling it a "sham". "This investigation is not politically motivated; it is not a witch hunt; it is not a hoax", he said. "No Collusion, No Obstruction - I just fight back!"

"It was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!" he wrote.

Page appeared before select House committee members for almost five hours last month and answered questions about her texts exchanged with Strzok. Each was referred to the FBI for possible violations of the bureau's code of conduct.

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