Former FBI director and special counsel Robert Mueller swept headlines Friday after retired Lt. General Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.
Now, Mueller is making news again but for a different reason entirely. As it turns out, his team in the Russia probe had an agent onboard that showed an inherent bias against Trump.
As reported by The New York Times:
The agent, Peter Strzok, is considered one of the most experienced and trusted F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators. He helped lead the investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email account, and then played a major role in the investigation into links between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.
But Mr. Strzok was reassigned this summer from Mr. Mueller’s investigation to the F.B.I.’s human resources department, where he has been stationed since. 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.
“Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel’s office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation,” said a spokesman for the special counsel’s office, Peter Carr.
There was a lot of response to the news, with some feeling there was a conflict with an interest having Strzok on the case:
Fox News's Laura Ingraham:
But there’s no partisan aspect whatsoever to the Mueller probe, right? https://t.co/nqCG3fPRCo
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) December 2, 2017
— Judicial Watch 🔎 (@JudicialWatch) December 2, 2017
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:
Top FBI official assigned to Mueller’s Russia probe said to have been removed after sending anti-Trump texts. Why are we finding out about this five months later? Mueller/FBI/DOJ cover-up? SHUT IT DOWN! https://t.co/tZE01SzfFn
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) December 2, 2017
Other Twitter users weighed in, too:
Mueller removed top FBI agent, Peter Strzok, from the investigation because of Anti-Trump texts.
How can this investigation be trusted if the agents are Anti-Trump? https://t.co/XvFKnTuhyo
— Based Monitored🎄🇺🇸 (@BasedMonitored) December 2, 2017
A blow to Mueller’s investigation, the special counsel was forced to fire a top FBI agent aft possible anti-Trump text messages were discovered. Mueller worried abt the affair b/c it posed a potential risk, as foreign intel agencies could use information to blackmail agents. https://t.co/pDdpWVsiLX
— patriotMOM (@2christian) December 2, 2017
#MuellerTime is over Mueller removes lead investigator Anti #DonaldTrump Texts. He was also investigator for #Hillary Emails.What a shit show for demorats. https://t.co/kFxD2whSet #QAnon #FollowTheWhiteRabbit #TheStormIsUponUs
— Captain Chris P. Bacon America The Beautiful (@_Trump45_) December 2, 2017
Meanwhile, the probe into Russia's influence in the 2016 election continues.