Supporters of former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was ousted for sending anti-Donald Trump texts during the 2016 campaign, have raised more than $222,000 on a GoFundMe page.
The site was launched Monday by “Friends of Special Agent Peter Strzok” and seeks to raise $350,000 to go toward “a trust dedicated to covering Pete’s hefty – and growing – legal costs and his lost income.”
By Tuesday morning it had collected $222,884.
“For the last year, Pete, his work, and his character have been the target of highly politicized attacks, including frequent slanderous statements from President Trump, who actively – and apparently successfully – pressured FBI officials to fire Pete,” a message on the GoFundMe page said.
The ouster of the 22-year-veteran counterterrorism expert was ordered last Friday by Deputy Director David Bowdich, even though an agency office that handles disciplinary cases ruled he should have been demoted and suspended for 60 days, Strzok’s lawyer Aitan Goelman said on Monday.
An investigation by the Department of Justice’s inspector general turned up text messages Strzok exchanged with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair, that were critical of then-candidate Trump.
At the time he was working on the probe into Russian meddling in the election and any possible collusion by Trump campaign associates and later he was involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Some Republicans and allies of the president point to Strzok’s texts as proof that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe is biased against Trump.
Page is no longer with the agency.
Trump celebrated Strzok’s firing in a tweet on Monday.
“Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI – finally. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer,” he posted on his account. “Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction – I just fight back!”
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