>> I don't recall writing that text->> FBI agent Peter Strzok has been fired after an investigation into texts he sent in 2016 that were extremely critical of then presidential candidate Donald Trump. When the texts were sent, Strzok was involved in the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Trump and his allies have seized on Strzok's messages as an example of a systemic bias against Trump within the Bureau, though Struck has insisted the text only represented his personal opinion and had no bearing on his work. Strzok's lawyer says the FBI's office of professional responsibility had only called for a 60-day suspension and demotion, and alleged his firing was politically motivated.
>> Answer the question.>> At a tumultuous hearing last month, Strzok faced hard questioning from Trump allies like Congressman Trey Gowdy over the text exchange with then FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was having an affair.>> Eight days into your Russian collusion with the Trump campaign investigation, and you got another text from your colleague, Lisa Page.
Trump's not ever going to become president, right? And you replied, no. No, he's not. We'll stop it.>> You need to understand that that was written late at night, off the cuff. It was in no way unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the FBI, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process.
>> And I can't help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eye and lie to her about Lisa Page->> Mr. Chairman, this is outrageous->> Strzok was deeply involved in the FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton's e-mail server, and was then assigned to Robert Mueller's Russia probe, until the text messages came to light.
Strzok is the third major figure in the FBI fired for reasons connected to the Russia investigation, following former Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.