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FBI fires agent Peter Strzok over his 2016 anti-Trump text messages

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday fired agent Peter Strzok, whose text messages critical of President Donald Trump and other politicians were used by the president as evidence that the FBI was biased against him.

The Washington Post reports that “FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday,” despite the fact that the office initially only recommended that he face demotion and a 60-day suspension.

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Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, criticized Bowdich’s decision to fire his client and claimed that it was outside the bounds of normal disciplinary protocol for FBI agents.

During the 2016, Strzok would regularly text with attorney Lisa Page expressing his distaste for Trump. The most controversial text was when Strzok said that he would “stop” Trump from getting elected, although the agent never took any concrete action — such as leaking news that Trump’s campaign was under investigation for possible ties to Russian government agents — to undermine Trump’s candidacy.

In fact, the Department of Justice’s inspector general said that while Strzok’s text messages were inappropriate, they were not in and of themselves proof that his work at the FBI was tainted by his personal views.

Strzok was initially part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, although he was quickly removed from the probe after his anti-Trump texts were unearthed last year.

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‘This is not how words work’: Trump trashed after ranting that Roger Stone will be ‘exonerated’

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President Donald Trump went off on a strange rant after the sentence was handed down in the Roger Stone case.

Trump was supposed to be speaking about his new system of pardons which would pass down recommendations, but instead, he wanted to talk about those he felt should be prosecuted instead of Stone.

"But it happened to Roger Stone, and it happened to Gen. Flynn. and it happened to -- I won't name names," Trump continued during his Hope for Prisoners commencement address. "I know Roger but a lot of people know Roger. Everybody sort of knows Roger. And what happened to him is unbelievable. They say he lied. But other people lied, too. Just to mention [James] Comey lied. [Andrew] McCabe lied. Lisa Page lied. Her lover Strzok, Peter Strzok, lied. You don't know who these people are? Trust me. They all lied."

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Trump’s praise for Dana Rohrabacher comes back to haunt him after ex-congressman confirms offering pardon deal to Julian Assange

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Former Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California confirmed a shocking revelation to Yahoo News on Thursday — that he had offered a pardon to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2017 if he publicly disputed the notion that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee.

The offer was first reported on Wednesday when Assange’s lawyers revealed the exchange in a British court.

But while Rohrabacher confirmed that he presented Assange with the idea, he said President Donald Trump was not aware of the possible pardon. Instead, Rohrabacher said that he discussed the pardon with then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after the Assange meeting. But while Kelly was “courteous,” Rohrabacher said, they never broached the topic again, and there’s no indication Trump was even made aware of it.

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Trump was ‘furious’ with his last acting intel chief for giving election security briefing to House Dems: report

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President Donald Trump's surprise decision to appoint loyalist Richard Grenell as his next acting Director of National Intelligence came after his previous acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, enraged him by giving an intelligence briefing to House Democrats.

The Washington Post reports that Trump was "furious" at Maguire after learning that Shelby Pierson, the top intelligence official on election security, gave a briefing to the Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)-led House Intelligence Committee.

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