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Top FBI investigator reassigned from Mueller’s Russia probe — just as investigation gathers steam

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A high-ranking FBI official who was tapped to assist Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller in his probe in President Donald Trump, the Trump 2016 campaign and White House transition team’s connections to Russia has abruptly left the investigation, the Hill reported Wednesday.

ABC News identified the departing agent as Peter Strzok and said he has been reassigned to the bureau’s human resources division.

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Strzok is known as a veteran investigator and was one of the leaders of the FBI probe into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as U.S. Secretary of State. He reportedly went straight from that investigation into the Russia probe.

No reason has been offered for Strzok’s departure.

The announcement comes just as Mueller’s investigation appears to be heating up. Last week, news surfaced that the FBI had executed a pre-dawn raid on the home of former Trump 2016 chairman Paul Manafort.


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Fox News viewers freak out on Bret Baier for criticizing Trump and calling Yovanovitch ‘sympathetic’

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Fox News host Bret Baier -- and his colleague John Roberts -- infuriated Fox News viewers who follow their Twitter feeds for praising the performance of former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during her House impeachment testimony while they also condemned Donald Trump for attacking her as she spoke.

According to Roberts in his tweet, "Wow....this is really unprecedented. @realDonaldTrump and Amb Yovanovitch are talking to each other in real time through @Twitter and Television... Something I never thought I would ever see."

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Viewers baffled as GOP counsel appears to push anti-Trump talking points during Yovanovich cross-examination

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House Republican impeachment inquiry attorney Steve Castor on Friday baffled viewers with a line of questioning that appeared to be beneficial to House Democrats' case for impeaching President Donald Trump.

Among other things, Castor referred to ambassador Bill Taylor as a man of integrity and also didn't challenge former ambassador Marie Yovanovich's story that she had been the subject of a smear campaign launched by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

In fact, Castor's line of questioning was so friendly to House Democrats, that some Twitter users joked that he was a "deep state plant" who's secretly helping to impeach the president.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."

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