Special counsel’s Russia probe loses top FBI investigator

by Mike Levine
August 17, 2017

One of the FBI’s top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election, has left Mueller’s team, sources tell ABC News.

The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead. Just last week, news surfaced that Mueller’s team had executed a search warrant at the Virginia home of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. And the week before that ABC News confirmed Mueller is now using a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., to collect documents and other evidence.

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It’s unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller’s team of nearly two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staff. Strzok, who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by government officials who spoke with ABC News, is now working for the FBI’s human resources division.

20 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    The opposition has been investigating this so-called Collusion with Russia and so far come up empty handed with not even so much as a note from Putin suggesting Americans vote for Trump. A complete waste of time and money by a bunch of Trump Haters that can’t see past their noses.

  • mike says:

    So this agent is cream of the crop for investigations. WHAT is he doing assigned to a cheap political hit team. Not enough real crime to keep him busy with his skills.-Afaird FBI has lost much credibility under OBAMA.

  • Leslie Woodhull says:

    MUELLER is going down only HE doesn’t know it yet!! Hahaha! Poor little baby. He’s gonna look like a fool because for all his digging, there’s nothing there!!! Lolololol@YOU, MULLIE!! (&YES, I MISSPELLED YOUR NAME ON PURPOSE!!)

  • Bob says:

    From the full article: “As chief of the FBI’s counterespionage section last year, he helped oversee the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and he took part in the FBI interview of the Democratic presidential candidate” Could it be he found something that the democrats do not want released and he was forced out? It is well documented that the majority of the investigators on this “independent” counsel’s staff are real big democrat supporters, so could they be the ones responsible for a man, according to the article, “…who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by government officials…” is now working in Human Resources? Had Trump been moving him, you can bet your last dollar they would be more screaming and allegations levied by the left.

    1. Worried Vet says:

      Your right and if we dont stand up against these idiots and force these freaking so called republicans to back potus up this racist crap will continue to weaken the president. These sissy butt holes get scared and run when anyone uses the word racist. Potus told the truth the group had a permit to protest erasing history and antifa and blm showed up to shut it down. The cops must have been told to stand down and hell the even led a group right into antifa knowing shit would start. We cant let these gop reps keep running and hiding then throwing potus under the bus. Write email and call and tell them to grow a pair before its to late.

      1. keedon says:

        Six bad Republican rotten apples are causing trouble. That hasn’t stopped the rest of the Republican Congress from creating bills for Trump to sign and voting to put Gorsuch on the Supreme court. Trump can’t do it himself and he isn’t doing it himself.

  • gvette says:

    I’m guessing he uncovered something Obama, Killary related.

  • Jmanjo says:

    Mueller is becoming more and more a problem instead of a solution for anything! It looks like it may well be time for the DOJ to check up on what the hell he is up to!

    1. goldie says:

      I believe the house is trying.

  • Richard Bagenstose says:

    how can you call this an investigation , it’s a democrat lynch mob , the verdict was in before they even opened it

    1. goldie says:

      Pronounced repeatedly by that hag mad maxine waters. The nut is already seeking to ‘impeach’ pence. Now they find you guilty and then look for a crime – not too hard to find something when the verdict is already in. We live in insane times.

      1. Richard Bagenstose says:

        they don’t even bother looking for a crime , they make one up,after a year of this crap you would thing they would give it up , but no , they will keep pushing till the mid-term elections and if democrats lose again they will push it for another 2 years , liberals are like zombies , no matter how many times you shoot them they keep coming after you

        1. goldie says:

          They’re desperate. They know that their time is limited and feel they have to get rid of President Trump so the populace will go back to sleep and forget their crimes against us (resisting everything the president tries to do is a crime against the people for whom he is trying to do it), but this won’t happen, as was evident in the voting in Alabama. 2018 will be devastating to liberals at the ballot box.

          1. Richard Bagenstose says:

            even if they succeed at removing trump the violence won’t stop we watched it growing for 8 years and now , the freaks are on the march, it’s going to come to the point they revolt against d.c. ,anarchy is next, you can not please these loonatics , every day it will be something else , so the liberals may be passafying them now , what happens when they can’t do it any more , sooner or later the shit has to hit the fan,like in philly now they want the statue of randell removed , personally i could care less , i don’t go site seeing , all i can say is they better not come to my neighbor hood

          2. keedon says:

            They will never succeed in removing Trump.

          3. Roy Fredrichsen says:

            It is past time for the voters to replace all the trouble makers that are unhappy that their “Golden Gravy Train” got de-railed when Trump got elected and Hillary got defeated.

      2. Roy Fredrichsen says:

        Gee folks, you have to remember that the Washington asylum has been run by the inmates and it’s time to replace them.

    2. Tagdogs says:

      You can’t have an independent investigation when everyone is from the same side. And to top it off, the man in charge is closely tied to the several individuals he is using as “witnesses”.

    3. Edward Michael McCullers says:

      Amen to that!!

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