The current goal is $350,000.
Strzok was fired Monday, ending a 22-year career with the bureau, for sending texts to FBI lawyer and girlfriend Lisa Page that were critical of Donald Trump while working on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. He lost his job despite recommendations from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility that he be demoted instead.
Trump wanted Strzok out and crowed about the firing on Twitter:
Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI – finally. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction – I just fight back!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
Earlier in the week, Trump complained about the FBI’s reputation and the “lovely Lisa Page”:
…..Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired? So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2018
The decision to fire Strzok should be “deeply troubling to all Americans,” said his attorney Aitan Goelman. “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.”
A lengthy statement on Strzok’s GoFundMe page described him as a “proud husband and father, a veteran of the U.S. Army and counterintelligence special agent who spent more than two decades in a job he loved at the FBI.” The statement ends with:
“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 … by protecting all Americans, including dedicated government employees, from constantly being subjected to the whims and influence of politicians.”
The money will be kept in a “trust dedicated to covering Pete’s hefty – and growing – legal costs and his lost income.”
As of early Tuesday, more than 4,800 people had donated to the fund.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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