The news of the agent’s reassignment was first reported in August, but details were unclear.
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WASHINGTON — House conservatives plan to press FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday about revelations that a top agent was demoted for anti-Trump text messages — an incident the lawmakers charge proves bias against the president in the Russia investigation.
But while that will make for a confrontational hearing between Wray and the House Judiciary Committee, legal experts say Congress is unlikely to take action to derail special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a member of the Judiciary Committee, said at a news conference with five other GOP lawmakers Wednesday that President Trump has been subjected to “the unprecedented bias against (him) that exists when we allow people who hate the president to participate in the investigations against him.”
“People who actively dislike the president were assigned to work against him,” said Gaetz, adding later in an interview that he believes FBI agent Peter Strzok should have been fired rather than being moved from Mueller’s team to the bureau’s human resources department.
Strzok — a top counter-intelligence agent who also helped run the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of State — was abruptly reassigned this summer after the inspector general for the Department of Justice discovered text messages between him and another FBI official that allegedly contained anti-Trump statements.
The existence of the messages were revealed Saturday in news reports, but the full text of the messages has not been disclosed.
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., a member of the committee, said he will press Wray on what he sees as the FBI’s bias in favor of Clinton and against Trump. Conservatives believe the FBI let Clinton off easy last year when former director James Comey concluded that she was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified emails but did not commit any crime, language that Strzok was reportedly involved in drafting.
Wray took over as FBI director in late September after Trump fired Comey in May.
“One of the questions that needs to be answered is why are the same people that have mishandled and provided bias to the Hillary Clinton investigation over…