Peter Strzok, the anti-Trump FBI official at the center of the "deep state" allegations, opened a new social media account and posted a link asking for donations from the public after being fired Monday.
Here's how much he's raised
Strzok opened a Twitter account Monday after being fired from the bureau and posted just one message on the social media service.
It was a statement explaining how the FBI deputy director had overruled the decision to punish Strzok with "a 60-day suspension and demotion from supervisory duties was the appropriate punishment."
"This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans," the letter continued. The statement made the claim that "the decision to terminate was taken in response to political pressure, and to punish Special Agent Strzok for political speech protected by the First Amendment, not on a fair and independent examination of the facts."
"It is a decision that produces only one winner — those who seek to harm our country and weaken our democracy," the statement concluded. "The FBI and the American people deserve better."
Strzok included a link to a GoFundMe donation page.
— Peter Strzok (@petestrzok) August 13, 2018
After only being active for 12 hours, the donation page reached its goal of $150,000, and increased its goal to $350,000. The page stated that the funds would go toward Strzok's legal defense and his loss of income.
Allies of the president have used the released texts from Strzok to his mistress and FBI lawyer Lisa Page to substantiate claims of an orchestrated effort to defeat the president and his policies. Strzok denied that the texts proved anything beyond his personal contempt for the president, and the Inspector General's report said there was no evidence his personal bias interfered with his professional conduct.
Nevertheless, Trump and his supporters say that the bias in Strzok's texts prove that the special counsel's Russian investigation was begun under dubious circumstances and should be immediately shut down.
Although his Twitter account has only sent one message thus far, it had made subtle messages by "liking" tweets critical of the president.
One, referred to the president as a "moral monster" and accused "white dudes" of ignoring his actions.
"One reason this is so bracing is that since the election," the tweet read, "the tactic of most establishment white dudes has been to blandly ignore, forget, and/or smugly eye-roll past what a moral monster Trump was and is."