The Washington Post is reporting that FBI Agent Peter Strzok has been fired. Strzok's lawyer, Aitan Goelman, said that FBI Deputy Director David Bowditch ordered the firing even though the FBI had previously determined that Strzok should only be punished with a demotion and a 60-day suspension.
Strzok, who gained fame when his text messages with fellow FBI employee Lisa Page were revealed last year, was accused by Republicans of conducting the Clinton email and Russia collusion investigations in a biased manner. An investigation by the DOH inspector general concluded that Strzok's actions were inappropriate, but stopped short of calling the investigations biased.
Goelman said that Strzok's termination is outside the normal disciplinary process in spite of the FBI's assurances that Strzok would not be treated differently from other employees due to the political nature of the allegations against him.
“This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said, adding in a statement, “This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans.”
Strzok has launched a GoFundMe page that asks for donations to cover "Pete’s hefty – and growing – legal costs and his lost income." The description on the site says that the firing was due to "political pressure" and claims that "Pete’s personal views never once influenced his professional actions."
The FBI declined to comment on Strzok's firing.
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