FBI official Peter Strzok, one of President Donald Trump's greatest targets for criticism, was escorted from the FBI building Tuesday.
Here's what happened
Strzok has been at the center of the debate targeting the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian election intervention and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign. On Tuesday it was reported that he was escorted from the FBI building, leading many to suspect that he had been fired.
But a statement from his lawyer confirmed that he had not been fired, but was escorted out as part of internal review proceedings.
"Just as he has been for the last 20 years, Pete Strzok remains a proud FBI agent who wants to continue working to keep the American people safe."
"Tainted by political influence.”
"Pete has steadfastly played by the rules and respected the process, and yet he continues to be the target of unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks. All of this seriously calls into question the impartiality of the disciplinary process, which now appears tainted by political influence."
While Strzok's anti-Trump texts to FBI lawyer Lisa Page had been used as evidence to prove the existence of a "deep state" group orchestrating an effort against the president and his policies, a much more damning text was revealed in the Inspector General's Report.
"[Trump’s] not ever going to become President, right? Right?!” read a text from Page to Strzok.
"No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.
The calls for Strzok to be fired increased exponentially after the text was uncovered, and many were asking if law enforcement officials had kept the explosive revelation from Congress in previous requests for documents.
Trump has been berating and criticizing Strzok from his social media account since his anti-Trump texts were reported in the media.
“The highest level of bias I’ve ever witnessed in any law enforcement officer.” Trey Gowdy on the FBI’s own, Peter… https://t.co/D6wt89HrI8— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1529283832.0
Why was the FBI’s sick loser, Peter Strzok, working on the totally discredited Mueller team of 13 Angry & Conflicte… https://t.co/Nb5PYNpKyf— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1529282524.0
FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who headed the Clinton & Russia investigations, texted to his lover Lisa Page, in the IG Re… https://t.co/KRwZclbcEW— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1529058914.0