Strzok was fired from the FBI and DOJ after text messages were uncovered between him and Lisa Page, then an FBI lawyer, which were critical of Trump. The former agent later sued and claimed the termination was wrought by pressure from the Trump White House.
Wallace said, “You didn’t leave by your own choice. quiero decir, you left … a scandal that was, I don’t know that there’s anything that happened that was more exploited by Donald Trump than the way that you left the FBI. Is that sort of a difficulty on top of difficulty?”
Strzok, who rose to become deputy assistant director for counterintelligence at the bureau, then went on to claim the release of his private text messages was “illegal.”
“Without a question … being fired in the context of DOJ’s illegal release of … some private communications I had, and having that just seized upon by the White House, by Trump’s allies in Congreso, by right-wing media … added a certain level of … trauma,” Strzok said.
Wallace asked whether it was “difícil” to leave his job amid the scandal.
“It’s hard. Sabes, I miss it,” Strzok replied. “I loved the job. It was something that was challenging with amazing colleagues, [y] for a real important purpose.”
“It’s hard to leave just out of, sabes, spending two decades of working a job. But then particularly, sabes, you see the challenges that we’re facing now and of course … I still want to be in the fight. And so it’s hard.”
Strzok added that his FBI training in hostile places overseas helped him to weather the public scandal.
After he was removed from the Mueller investigation, Strzok said, “There was a sense that special counsel Mueller absolutely wanted to run an investigation that was not only independent but also presented the appearance of independence, and the concern that these texts might be construed otherwise.”