A GoFundMe for former FBI agent Peter Strzok has raised more than $120,000 in the hours since his firing was announced Monday.
The fundraising campaign, which is seeking to raise $150,000, says the money will go to a trust to cover Strzok’s “hefty — and growing” legal costs and loss of income after he was fired for sending texts critical of President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE before the election while involved in multiple politically relevant investigations.
“Unlike those who typically become the focus of partisan investigations in Washington, Pete is not politically connected, he’s not a wealthy lobbyist and he’s not interested in using his notoriety for personal gain,” the fundraising page reads. “Because of this, he doesn’t have deep pockets that allow him to pay for the significant legal bills he has incurred to defend himself and the FBI against these political attacks, or to easily cover the expenses incurred by his lost income.”
The GoFundMe praises Strzok, saying that his “personal views never once influenced his professional actions.” It also criticized the FBI’s decision to fire him, saying it was “driven by political pressure” and breaks with the agency’s typical processes.
Strzok was removed from the special counsel team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election after his text messages criticizing Trump surfaced.
Strzok exchanged the messages with then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair.
The 21-year FBI veteran has fielded constant attacks from Trump and GOP lawmakers, who say that Strzok’s actions prove anti-Trump bias in the agency.
Strzok was fired Friday, his attorney confirmed.
Trump praised the firing, tweeting: “finally.” The president also suggested that the special counsel probe, which he again referred to as a “hoax” and falsely said Strzok "was in charge of," should be ended as a result of Strzok’s firing.