Top FBI agent removed from Mueller's team over anti-Trump texts

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The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General has been reviewing both the FBI's and Justice handling of the Clinton probe, which cleared the Mrs. Clinton of criminal wrongdoing. The president added that the FBI's reputation "is in Tatters - worst in History!"

But to Anderson's point, this is simply not evidence of a tainted investigation.

The exact nature of the text messages has not been made public, but defenders of Strzok and Page have reportedly called the allegations "overblown" and said there wasn't any misconduct.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Justice Department's Russian Federation collusion investigation, removed an FBI agent from the case over possible anti-Trump tweets, Fox News confirmed Saturday.

The Justice Department 's Office of the Inspector General said in a statement Saturday that it has been "reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them". Widely touted as experienced in high-level, sensitive investigation supervision, Peter Strzok, a deputy assistant director, had been "laterally transferred" to a post within the Human Resources Department (HRD).

ABC News reported back in August that Strzok had left the investigation, but said at the time "it's unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller's team of almost two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staffers".

"Was in fact this whole thing based on a phony dossier that was financed by the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAppeals court rules against releasing draft Whitewater indictments against Clinton Dems resurface Flynn's "lock her up" comments after Mueller charges Kaine: Flynn will get "fair legal process" he tried to deny Clinton MORE campaign and then the [Democratic National Committee]?" Mueller has been looking into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election since May.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that he "had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

"The DOJ has now expressed - on a Saturday, just hours after the press reports on Strzok's dismissal appeared - sudden willingness to comply with some of the Committee's long-standing demands", Nunes said.

If Nunes and Republicans do follow through with the contempt action, it would be a latest blow against bipartisanship on a committee that had until recently been one of the last bastions of comity in a polarized House. Democrats have stalled an ethics investigation into Nunes to keep him from resuming his role in a full capacity.

Nunes and the committee had known about Strzok's removal for months, but not the reasons for it, which were only revealed on Saturday in what York suggested was an "orchestrated leak" to the Times and the Post.

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