Former FBI director Andrew McCabe claimed he "made the decision" to remove Peter Strzok from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team in the summer of 2017 after a series of anti-Trump text messages arose between the former FBI Special Agent and another official with whom he was romantically involved.
It was long thought that Mueller had removed Strzok after the texts between him and Lisa Page were discovered. But McCabe's obvious role was revealed in a recently released transcript from his interview at the House Judiciary Committee on December 21, 2017.
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McCabe told lawmakers that on July 27, 2017, he was contacted by the Office of Justice Inspector Michael Horowitz.
"They said they had a very important thing for me to review and they needed me to cross the street and talk to them that day, which was unusual," McCabe explained. "I made the decision to remove him from the survey that night."
McCabe explained that, after meeting Horowitz, he "met a very small group" of his "co-workers".
"We discussed Peter's relocation, and we discussed where to place him," McCabe said.
"What I knew at that time was that the inspector's general investigated Mr Strzok and Ms Page for potential political bias," McCabe said. "And simply the presence of the investigation that I knew was – could endanger the work of the special council, and I couldn't-I couldn't take that risk."
Horowitz revealed a series of anti-Trump text messages between Strzok and former FBI councils. Both were assigned the work of the Special Council Act 2017 to investigate Russian mediation and potential collaboration with Trump campaign associations in the presidential election 2016.
The page served on Mueller's team in short detail and returned to the FBI Director General's office in July 2017. Strzok was removed from the team and transferred to the FBI staff department. Strzok was the FBI agent, who in July 2016 opened the FBI's first Russian investigation, called "Crossfire Hurricane" inside the agency.
The page resigned from the Bureau in May 2018 and Strzok was finally defeated in August 2018.
Horowitz, who at that time examined the Office's management of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server State Secretary, found that some Bureau officials "seemed to interfere political opinion with discussions on the MYE investigation. " MUCH refers to Midyear Exam, which was the FBI codeword for the Clinton probe.
Both Strzok and Page were at the MUCH investigation as well. But Horowitz found no evidence that political bias had affected prosecution decisions.
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At this time, Horowitz is investigating whether Strzok's anti-Trump bias billed in the launch of the agency's Russian investigation in July 2016, including by Russia's probe .
During his interview with the House Judiciary Committee – printing of what was previously released – Sid showed that the FBI "knew so little" if Trump-Russia's claims were "true or not true" when starting the probe. The page later said that all they needed was a statement and claimed that it was "quite common, especially in a fashion intelligence investigation, that you would just have – you would get some evidence" to start a probe.
Meanwhile, McCabe, who served as the FBI Assistant Manager and then the FBI's Chief Executive Officer, was fired by former lawyer Jeff Sessions in March 2018. The FBI Professional Liability Office stated that McCabe "had made unauthorized disclosure to news media and lacked goodness – including under oath – on several occasions. "
McCabe's testimony transcript was among several released by the House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins, R-Ga. The prints related to many interviews with officials from the FBI and the Justice Department as part of the committee's investigation during the last congress in the handling of investigations.