Swalwell: I would have fired Strzok too

Swalwell: I would have fired Strzok too
© Greg Nash

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDem rep apologizes for tweet downplaying threats against Collins' office Dem rep to Trump: 'Did someone slip you truth serum?' Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems 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 ClintonTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 SessionsHillicon Valley: Trump cyber strategy lets US go on offense | AT&T urges court to let Time Warner merger stand | Conservatives want wife of DOJ official to testify | Facebook, nonprofits team up to fight fake news | DC camera hacker pleads guilty Vote Democrat in midterms to rein in Trump, preserve justice Sessions limits ability of judges to dismiss deportation cases MORE to end the probe, Swalwell tweeted out: “Fire Mueller and we fire you.”