Democratic Congressman Defends Firing Of Peter Strzok

Molly Prince | Politics Reporter

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California said on Tuesday the FBI was correct in its response to fire Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok.

“I would have fired [Strzok], too,” Swalwell said on Bloomberg News.

“He has rights as an employee and those should be exhausted, but I also believe as the brother of police officers and a former prosecutor, with the stakes this high, a presidential candidate being investigated, you can’t talk that way, even if it didn’t affect the investigation,” Swalwell continued.

It was announced earlier in August that Strzok was fired Aug. 10 over text messages he sent to his mistress and coworker Lisa Page during the 2016 presidential election, which revealed significant bias against then-candidate Donald Trump.

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However, Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, made clear that the firing of Strzok did not discount the credibility of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling.  (RELATED: Bob Goodlatte’s Son Rushes To Strzok’s Defense And Calls Out His Dad)

“The Mueller investigation has still obtained five guilty pleas, nearly two dozen indictments and a verdict that’s probably coming soon in the Manafort case,” he said. “Regardless of what Peter Strzok did, that has occurred.”

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