Peter Strzok, the former FBI agent who opened up the Russia probe in 2016 and was later found to be politically motivated in his investigation, is suing the government over his firing.
Strzok claims the government violated his First and Fifth amendment rights. According to Politico, “Strzok accuses the president of inappropriately bullying law enforcement officials deciding his fate, raises questions about why his texts were leaked to the media and lambastes the administration for only defending its employees’ free speech rights when they are praising Trump.”
Strzok’s lawsuit claims, “The campaign to publicly vilify Special Agent Strzok contributed to the FBI’s ultimate decision to unlawfully terminate him,” the lawsuit says, “as well as to frequent incidents of public and online harassment and threats of violence to Strzok and his family that began when the texts were first disclosed to the media and continue to this day.”
Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team after texts between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page were revealed, including texts that implied Strzok intended to prevent the election of Donald Trump. For example, in August 2016 Page wrote to Strzok: “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” To which he wrote back: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”