Robert Mueller, former FBI director acting as special counsel in the investigation into US President Donald Trump’s campaign’s alleged links to Moscow, in the summer reassigned top FBI agent, Peter Strzok, involved in the probe, local media reported Saturday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Top FBI agent, Peter Strzok was removed from the investigation in the summer after text messages, in which he expressed opinions that could be construed as critical of Trump, were discovered, the New York Times newspaper reported, citing people “briefed on the matter.”
The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General said in a statement on Saturday that, as it stated in January, it was reviewing allegations regarding DOJ and FBI actions and aimed to determine, in particular, “whether certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations.”
“The OIG has been reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them,” the Office of the Inspector General said.
Strzok, FBI deputy head of counterintelligence, is reportedly considered one of the top FBI investigators. He had been actively involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information via her private email account.
Russia has faced multiple allegations of attempts to influence US 2016 presidential election and sway the outcome in favor of Trump. Numerous Russian officials have repeatedly refuted the claims, pointing out that they remain unsubstantiated.