The FBI has fired Agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election until officials discovered he had been sending anti-Trump texts.
Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension.
The termination marks a remarkable downfall for Strzok, a 22-year veteran of the bureau who investigated the Russia case and the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.
The FBI declined to comment.
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