In less than 24 hours over $260,000 has been raised on a GoFundMe campaign set up in support of Peter Strzok. The GoFundMe campaign launched just hours after an announcement was made on Monday that shamed liar, cheater and anti-Trumper, Strzok had been fired.
The campaign seeking $350,000 was launched by “Friends of Special Agent Peter Strzok” in hopes to help cover the cost of his mounting legal fees and lost income after Stzrok was fired for damning texts to his mistress and former lawyer for the FBI, Lisa Page. Over 50,000 texts were exchanged during an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and showed the loathing they both shared for President Donald J. Trump.
“We are asking you to support a man who has dedicated his life to defending America; to stand up for the freedoms on which this country was built and a government that truly serves the people by protecting all Americans, including dedicated government employees, from constantly being subjected to the whims and influence of politicians,” the GoFundMe campaign description it reads in part.
The original goal was set for $150,000 then raised to $350,000 when the first milestone was met.
Strzok was removed from Robert Mueller’s team after the text messages criticizing Trump and promising to “stop” Trump from becoming president surfaced. Strzok was then reassigned to the Human Resource Department when the inspector general in the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz discovered the anti-Trump messages being sent on both Strzok’s personal cell phone as well as his government issued cell phone. It was clear that the texts demonstrated bias, but Horowitz found the bias didn’t effect Strzok’s performance during the investigation.
Aitan Goelman, attorney for Strzok revealed in a statement that his client was fired by the bureau’s deputy director last Friday, despite the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility’s recommendation that Strzok be demoted and suspended for 60 days.
“The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but also contradicts Director Wray’s testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI intended to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters,” Goelman said.
“This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans,” Goelman continued. “A lengthy investigation and multiple rounds of Congressional testimony failed to produce a shred of evidence that Special Agent Strzok’s personal views ever affected his work.”
President Trump weighed in on the firing on Twitter:
Not only was a GoFundMe campaign in support of Strzok launched, but Strzok also created a Twitter account on Monday that was immediately verified by Twitter as well as being verified by Strzok’s lawyer. The bio section of Strzok’s Twitter page reads: “Husband. Father. Proud American. 26-Year FBI and Army Veteran.”
So far, there have been two tweets on the account, and one that links to the GoFundMe campaign:
“Deeply saddened by this decision. It has been an honor to serve my country and work with the fine men and women of the FBI.”
The other Tweet thanked those who have donated their hard-earned money to support a liar, a criminal, and a cheat whose bias towards Trump clearly affected his ability to perform his duties.
“Stunned and humbled by the extraordinary outpouring of support already received from thousands of fellow everyday citizens taking time to fight for our country and our shared American ideals. Thank you.”
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