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Mueller removed investigator from team after discovering anti-Trump text messages

Mueller removed investigator from team after discovering anti-Trump text messages

A spokesperson for Mueller's office said, "Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel's office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation".

The allegations came to light after the Justice Department's inspector general started examining Strzok's messages.

The content of Strzok's text messages has not been publicly revealed. A Justice Department spokeswoman said "We are aware of the allegations and are taking any and all appropriate steps".

On Saturday, following the reports about Strzok, the inspector general's office said in a statement that as part of its investigation, "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". One of the sources said the probe will be completed by "very early next year".

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"By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russian Federation collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress' constitutional oversight responsibility", Nunes said, as quoted by York.

U.S. House Republicans are drafting a contempt of Congress resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, claiming stonewalling in producing material related to the Russia-Trump probes and other matters. "If that's the case, if something that was totally manufactured was then presented to federal investigators, to the FBI and said, "You need to investigate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems resurface Flynn's 'lock her up" comments after Mueller charges Congress must stop private prisons from receiving tax breaks Evangelicals were with Trump in 2016, and will be in 2020 MORE and his campaign'". ABC News reports the probe has topped $5 million.

Mueller has so far charged four people in his investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, most recently former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The revelation of Strzok's removal, and the reasons for it, are a huge blow to the credibility of Mueller's inquiry, which critics have long claimed is riddled with partisan conflicts of interest.