>> The New York Times reports that Peter Strzok, the F.B.I. senior counterintelligence agent who disparaged President Trump in inflammatory text messages and helped oversee the Hillary Clinton email and Russia investigations, has been fired for violating bureau policies.
This was announced by Mr. Strzok’s lawyer on Monday.
Mr. Trump and his allies seized on the text messages — exchanged during the 2016 campaign with a former F.B.I. lawyer, Lisa Page — in assailing the Russia investigation as an illegitimate “witch hunt.”
Mr. Strzok, who has been at the FBI for the past 20 years became one of its most experienced counterintelligence agents.
He was a key figure in the early months of the inquiry.
Along with writing the text messages, Mr. Strzok was accused of sending a highly sensitive search warrant to his personal email account.
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