Special counsel Robert Mueller secretly demoted an FBI agent working on his ongoing investigation of Russian “meddling” earlier this year; removing the official after he was caught sending “anti-Trump” text messages and emails.
According to the New York Times, Peter Strzok was reassigned from Mueller’s probe into the FBI’s human resource department after the bureau discovered his political views regarding President Trump, Hillary Clinton, and other hot-button issues.
“Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel’s office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation,” said a spokesman from Mueller’s office.
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes blasted the report over the weekend, saying the special counsel’s office intentionally “hid” the information from Congress and the American people.
“By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress’ constitutional oversight responsibility,” said Nunes.
The revelation of anti-Trump bias within the special counsel’s office raises serious ethical and legal questions surrounding Mueller’s escalating probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.