Former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was fired after thousands of his text messages were released to the public and shown to exhibit animus towards President Trump—with one even saying he would “stop” Trump from getting elected, is now suing to get his job back.
The Associated Press reports Strzok claims he was unfairly punished over his political ideology and said his personal text messages should not have been made public.
The lawsuit, per the Associated Press, states: “This campaign to publicly vilify Special Agent Strzok contributed to the FBI’s ultimate decision to unlawfully terminate him 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.”
The complaint, which names as defendants Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray, revisits a political drama that was seized on by conservative critics of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as proof that the bureau was biased against Trump. It provides new details about the circumstances of Strzok’s firing and amounts to the latest defense of his reputation, coming months after a fiery congressional hearing in which he insisted that his personal views never influenced his work.
Multiple investigations are underway examining whether the FBI acted properly during the Russia investigation, and Strzok remains a frequent target of Trump’s scornful tweets. A Justice Department inspector general report focused on the early days of the Russia probe is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
PJ Media reports:
In his suit filed today against the Department of Justice and the FBI, Strzok claims his old job should be his again because his firing was “the result of unrelenting pressure from President Trump and his political allies in Congress and the media.”
The lawsuit also claims that the DOJ’s release of those texts was “deliberate and unlawful,” which would be a violation of the Privacy Act.
I thought at 1st it was satire from the Onion: Disgraced, fired FBI goon Peter Strzok suing FBI to get job back! To do what? Be in charge of texting? Arrange hook-ups of agents? Use taxpayer $$ to run partisan political operation? Loon, goon, cartoon! https://t.co/RqqHvdWp8P
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 7, 2019
According to Strzok, federal employees who praise Trump or voice pro-Trump rhetoric are not facing the same penalty he is—something he argues is unfair.
“The Trump administration has consistently tolerated and even encouraged partisan political speech by federal employees, as long as this speech praises President Trump and attacks his political adversaries,” Strzok said in the complaint.