rence. The termination was ordered on Friday, according to the Washington Post, despite a decision that he only face a demotion and suspension.
Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, complained about the decision, saying that the FBI official who normally handles such matters decided on a 60-day suspension for Strzok and a lower position. Nevertheless, Deputy Director David L. Bowdich decided to fire Strzok anyway.
“The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but also contradicts Director Wray’s testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI intended to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters,” Goelman told MSNBC. He claimed, “the decision to terminate was taken in response to political pressure.”
BREAKING: FBI has fired veteran agent Peter Strzok, Strzok’s lawyer says in a statement to @CNBC, and alleges that "the decision to terminate was taken in response to political pressure."
Strzok’s lawyer: "The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but also contradicts Director Wray’s testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI intended to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters."
11:17 AM - Aug 13, 2018
96 people are talking about this
Twitter Ads info and privacy
Law&Crime reached out to Goelman for additional comment.
Strzok’s firing came after a Justice Department Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s handling of matters surrounding the 2016 election, particularly the Hillary Clinton email investigation, that Strzok worked on. Text messages between him and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok had an affair, showed that the pair expressed anti-Trump sentiment and a favorable position towards Clinton. Strzok also worked on the investigation of the Trump campaign, but when Special Counsel Robert Mueller learned of the texts, he dismissed Strzok from the probe.…
ng all the time," one FBI insider revealed. "He is taking meetings or part of meetings."
FBI sources confirm Strzok has been granted access to FBI facilities in Washington, D.C. and its headquarters building on numerous occasions since he was sacked in August 2018.
Strzok has also not been stripped of his security clearances, an FBI insider said.
"He (Strzok) is getting in with a visitor’s badge and is involved in meetings," one FBI insider said. "Maybe they are all trying to get their story straight before things go public."
Such "things" include declassification of the FISA warrant the FBI used to spy on the campaign of Donald Trump. One of the warrants is scheduled to be declassified and released this summer, however FBI Director Christopher Wray is trying to delay its release, sources said.
At all costs.
While Americans were under the impression that Strzok was a disavowed FBI insider, that is not the case. Even top FBI officials are wondering how and why Strzok has been allowed to come back into FBI headquarters.
Likewise, FBI sources said when Strzok is not at the Hoover building he has been holding meetings with high-level DOJ brass at a location across the street from the Buerau’s Pennsylvania Avenue base.
But why? Wray is not saying.…