FBI agent Peter Strzok escorted from FBI building

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FBI agent Peter Strzok, a key figure in the election year investigations into Trump and Hillary Clinton, was escorted out of the FBI last Friday amid an internal review into his conduct.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a scathing report last week about the FBI’s handling of the Clinton investigation. In it, Horowitz revealed numerous anti-Trump messages that Strzok exchanged with then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page. In one text, Strzok said he’d try to stop Trump from getting elected.

Horowitz also questioned whether political bias against Trump led Strzok to ignore new developments in the Clinton case so he could prioritize the Trump-Russia probe.

Strzok has not been fired yet, but FBI Director Christopher Wray has pledged to clean house. Strzok is one of five agents who have been referred to the FBI’s personnel office for discipline over anti-Trump messages. The FBI is refusing to name the other four individuals.

Horowitz appeared before a congressional committee to discuss his report, which also found fault with former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation.

Horowitz appeared before a congressional committee to discuss his report, which also found fault with former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation.

The Hill: Republicans tear into IG findings on Clinton probe.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) opened the proceedings with these blistering remarks.

“This inspector general’s report should conjure anger, disappointment and sadness in everyone who reads it. This IG report lays bare the bias, the animus, the prejudging of facts by senior FBI agents and senior attorneys and attempts to minimize and mitigate this bias are so antithetical to what we want and deserve in our law enforcement officers.” – Gowdy.

There are too many fireworks to recount here, so you can read this recap from The Hill’s Katie Bo Williams and Olivia Beavers. The FBI has managed to infuriate Republicans and Democrats alike. The bureau will be dealing with fallout from the Clinton and Trump investigations for some time to come.

Sharyl Attkisson: All the times Horowitz contradicted Wray.

Kendray Arnold: The Democratic scandal that is being ignored.

Elsewhere in investigations … Former Senate Intelligence Committee official James Wolfe appeared in court to ask for a gag order on his case (CNN) … Comey is blasting back at Clinton (The Hill) … Trump’s campaign manager is calling on Attorney General Sessions to be fired (Twitter) …. Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is said to be willing to dish on the president (CNN) … Erik Prince says he’s cooperating with the Mueller probe (The Daily Beast).

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