|FBI fires Peter Strzok|
According to Washington Post, Peter Strzok was
fired Friday afternoon.
Strzok attorney Aitan Goelman said in a statement that his client, a 21-year FBI veteran, was fired Friday afternoon, claiming this was a departure from standard practice. Goelman said the bureau’s deputy director “overruled” the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility.
“This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans,” the attorney said.
President Trump and his allies for months have hammered Strzok and cast him as the poster child for anti-Trump bias within the bureau and Justice Department.
He was removed from the special counsel probe after the discovery that he exchanged anti-Trump and other politically charged messages with colleague and lover Lisa Page.
Strzok’s attorney blasted the bureau for the decision, saying the deputy director “reversed the decision of the career FBI official responsible for employee discipline who concluded, through an independent review process, that a 60-day suspension and demotion from supervisory duties was the appropriate punishment.”
He added, “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.”