FBI agent Peter Strzok, the official who texted a fellow agent he would “stop” Donald Trump from becoming president, was escorted from the FBI building on Friday.
Strzok’s exit is part of an FBI internal investigation into his conduct, CNN reported. The embattled agent had not been fired by the FBI as of Tuesday.
"[Strzok' had a central role on the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information,” the CNN report states. “He later worked on the investigation into connections between Trump campaign associates and Russia and briefly worked for special counsel Robert Mueller before text messages between Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page disparaging President Donald Trump were discovered.”
In one damning text exchange, Page wrote to Strzok, "[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.
Strzok was allegedly having an affair with Page at the time. The text messages were made public in the Justice Department’s highly anticipated inspector general report.
In other exchange, Strzok and Page mourned Donald Trump's election victory.
“Having a tough time processing tonight, Lis. Feeling a profound sense of loss,” Strzok wrote.
“I feel that same loss," Page responded. "I want to see what the FBI could become under him! His vision of greatness for our strong but flawed organization. I’m angry. Angry and mourning."
“Yeah I keep telling myself the organization is much bigger and stronger than any one person, that we’ll endure,” Strzok added. “But that didn’t seem to help."
It's unclear whether Strzok took concrete steps to fulfill his promise to "stop" Trump, but DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz admitted the conduct "cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation."
“We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed,” Horowitz wrote in the report.