Swalwell: I would have fired Strzok too

Swalwell: I would have fired Strzok too
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDemocratic donors stuck in shopping phase of primary Five takeaways from acting AG's fiery House hearing Top Judiciary Republican to Swalwell: 'Stop running for president' MORE (D-Calif.) said that he too would have fired the FBI agent dismissed for making anti-Trump texts while taking part in investigations of former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE and Russian election interference, the Washington Free Beacon reports.

“Yeah, I would have fired him too,” Swalwell said in an interview with Bloomberg News.

Swalwell said Strzok’s rights as an employee should be respected, but that "with the stakes this high, a presidential candidate being investigated, you can't talk that way.”

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“Even if it didn't effect the investigation, and the [Government Accountability Office] report, the Inspector General Report, said it didn’t, I still think it has to be clear that you can’t do that," said Swalwell, an outspoken critic of Trump who is now thinking about running for president. 

Strzok was dismissed Monday for violating the FBI's policies. The FBI had come under intense pressure from Trump and some Republicans in Congress to fire Strzok, a political lightning rod. 

A report from the Justice Department's inspector general starkly criticized Strzok for sending the anti-Trump texts and had recommended that he be suspended for 60 days and demoted.

Swalwell said he did not think Strzok's actions had any bearing on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  

“Regardless of what Peter Strzok did, 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.

Swalwell has been a vocal critic of Trump, especially regarding the Russia investigation. When Trump asked Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports McCabe: Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir Trump: 'Disgraced' McCabe, Rosenstein look like they were planning 'very illegal act' MORE to end the probe, Swalwell tweeted out: “Fire Mueller and we fire you.”