On Tuesday afternoon, as reported by multiple sources, FBI agent Peter Strzok, who has found himself at the center of a scandal involving a myriad of high ranking Obama-era officials, was escorted from the FBI building.
Strzok was reportedly “forcibly removed” following the release of the DOJ Inspector General’s recent report, which exposed the agent’s involvement in a scandalous affair, text messages which discussed “stopping” the election of Donald Trump, and the handling of the Clinton email investigation.
According to Strzok’s lawyer, the agent “was escorted from the building as part of the ongoing examination process.”
CONFIRMED: Peter Strzok — who’s been the subject of a daylong congressional hearing about FBI bias — was escorted from FBI headquarters. pic.twitter.com/2GHpZnUqLQ
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 19, 2018
As reported by FoxNews
Peter Strzok, the FBI agent under fire over a series of anti-Trump text messages, was “escorted” from the FBI building, his lawyer confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday.
Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman, argued that even though his client has “played by the rules,” he has been targeted by “unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks.”
“All of this seriously calls into question the impartiality of the disciplinary process, which now appears tainted by political influence,” a statement from Goelman said.
He said that Strzok “has complied with every FBI procedure, including being escorted from the building as part of the ongoing internal proceedings.” The attorney did not say exactly when Strzok was escorted out.
“Instead of publicly calling for a long-serving FBI agent to be summarily fired, politicians should allow the disciplinary process to play out free from political pressure,” Goelman said. “Our leaders and the public should be very concerned with how readily such influence has been allowed to undermine due process and the legal protections owed to someone who has served his country for so long. Pete Strzok and the American people deserve better.”
The FBI had no comment when contacted by Fox News.
News of Strzok’s removal came after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed during a Congressional hearing earlier Tuesday that his office was looking into whether Strzok’s anti-Trump bias played a role in the launch of the bureau’s Russia probe.
Horowitz’s report on the Clinton email investigation, which was released last week, revealed a text sent by Strzok to his then-colleague and lover Lisa Page.
The IG report said Page texted Strzok in August 2016, prior to then-candidate Donald Trump’s election night win, saying “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.
Roughly 50,000 text messages were sent between the pair over the course of the 2016 presidential campaign and Trump’s first year in the White House. Among them included comments that focused on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, while others bashed the president.