Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who helped lead the probe into Russian election interference until a maelstrom developed around his anti-Trump text messages, has been fired, his attorney confirmed Monday. President Trump, who viewed Strzok's animosity toward him as typical of the DC establishment behind what he calls the Robert Mueller "witch hunt," was among those celebrating the news. Coverage:
- Overruled: Strzok's attorney, Aitan Goelman, thinks his 48-year-old client was unfairly punished given that the FBI's own Office of Professional Responsibility recommended only a 60-day suspension and a demotion. However, the FBI's No. 2, David Bowdich, overruled that recommendation, reports the New York Times. Strzok spent more than 20 years at the FBI and had become a top counterintelligence agent.
- Trump: “Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI - finally," the president wrote. "The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction - I just fight back!”