Mueller Reassigned Top FBI Agent in Russia Probe over anti-Trump Texts

Mueller Reportedly Removed FBI Agent from Investigation Due to Anti-Trump Texts

Mueller Reportedly Removed FBI Agent from Investigation Due to Anti-Trump Texts

The president's most vociferous defenders in Congress have called for a special counsel to investigate how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the Clinton probe, and other Clinton-connected matters.

ABC News reported back in August that Strzok had left the investigation, but said at the time "it's unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller's team of almost two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staffers".

A lawyer for Strzok declined to comment. According to the report, Strzok was transferred to the FBI's human resources department in the summer after text messages between him and a colleague were discovered, in which they criticized Trump.

The exact nature of the text messages has not been made public, but defenders of Strzok and Page have reportedly called the allegations "overblown" and said there wasn't any misconduct.

The Justice Department inspector general's office said in a statement Saturday that its investigators are "reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them".

Uttar Pradesh, Delhi top crime list in 2016: NCRB
Out of the 23,117 persons who were rescued during the year, children made 61.3% of the victims (including victims of 2015). Uttar Pradesh also saw the highest number of crimes against women with 14.5 percent (49,262 cases) of the total cases.

Mr Trump wrote that after years under fired FBI director James Comey, "with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more)", the agency's reputation "is in Tatters - worst in History!"

Clinton and her supporters say Comey's moves in October cost her the 2016 election, and Trump and his Republican allies have used it to justify Comey's firing - the event that ultimately led to Mueller being appointed as special counsel.

The president said earlier on Sunday that he had never asked Mr Comey to stop investigating ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.

A former senior Trump administration official said Strzok was even-handed in all of his dealing with the Trump White House.

Mr Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI and agreed to co-operate with Robert Mueller's investigation. Much of the agency's senior leadership jobs are now filled by people who were put in those positions by Comey and Wray has yet to make many significant changes at the top.

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