Mueller Removed FBI Agent From Russia Investigation Over Possible Anti-Trump Texts

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Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and other committee Republicans, after considering such action for several weeks, made a decision to move after media including the New York Times reported Saturday on why a top FBI official assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russia-Trump election collusion had been removed from the investigation.

Days later, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that he would not be recommending charges against Clinton for mishandling classified information on her private email server. The people briefed on the case said the transfer followed the discovery of text messages in which Mr. Strzok and a colleague reacted to news events, like presidential debates, in ways that could appear critical of Mr. Trump.

A spokesperson for Mueller's office said, "Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel's office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation".

Robert Mueller removed an FBI agent from his investigation into alleged Russian election meddling, people briefed on the matter told USA media. Page reportedly left Mueller's team in July and no longer works with McCabe, while Strzok was removed from Mueller's team in August and subsequently reassigned to the FBI's HR department in an apparent demotion. A Justice Department spokeswoman said "We are aware of the allegations and are taking any and all appropriate steps". "Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!" The Times said he was reassigned to the human resources department at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that he is still there.

"And "ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE" Now it all starts to make sense!" Some conservatives encouraged Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller, saying the investigation was tainted.

"I am concerned, however, that our chairman is willing to use the subpoena and contempt power of the House, not to determine how the Russians interfered in our election or whether the president obstructed Justice, but only to distract from the core of our investigation", Schiff said.

On Saturday, following the reports about Strzok, the inspector general's office said in a statement that as part of its investigation, "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".