Mueller removed counterintelligence veteran Peter Strzok from the team investigating the Russia collusion, after Strzok criticized and mocked Trump in a series of text messages sent to one of the bureau’s attorneys Lisa Page.
After the controversial text messages surfaced, the President and his team accused Mueller’s team of being biased against them.
On Thursday, President Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Strzok is a traitor. The Commander in Chief quoted Strzok saying that if Hillary Clinton loses the presidential race, the FBI would “go to phase two” and remove Trump from office.
This is the FBI we’re talking about — that is treason. That is a treasonous act. What [Strzok] tweeted to his lover is a treasonous act,
Trump told the WSJ.
FBI Agent’s Controversial Texts
In December, the Washington Post reported that the disgraced FBI agent tweeted the anti-Trump messages while he was investigating Clinton’s mishandling of thousands of work e-mails via a private server in her home instead of a State Department’s server.
The Post also found that Strzok was cheating on his wife with Page, his FBI colleague. During those tweets, the former FBI agent was working under the FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Numerous media reports have shown that the pair exchanged anti-Trump texts throughout the entire presidential campaign. In August 2016, the ousted FBI operative expressed disbelief that Trump could win the election. He added that America couldn’t take the risk.
At the time, he compared a Trump victory with an “unlikely event” somebody dies before they hit the age of 40. He also mentioned an “insurance policy,” a coded term expressing the need for the FBI to continue investigating whether there had been a collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
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