Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok on Tuesday thanked his supporters, writing on Twitter that he is “stunned and humbled” as a GoFundMe page has raised more than $250,000 for him in less than 24 hours.
Strzok’s tweet did not directly address the fundraising campaign, but it came as the account had exceeded its original goal of $150,000 by more than $100,000 in just 23 hours. Its new goal is $350,000.
“Stunned and humbled by the extraordinary outpouring of support already received from thousands of fellow everyday citizens taking time to fight for our country and our shared American ideals,” he tweeted. “Thank you.”
Stunned and humbled by the extraordinary outpouring of support already received from thousands of fellow everyday citizens taking time to fight for our country and our shared American ideals. Thank you.— Peter Strzok (@petestrzok) August 14, 2018
The GoFundMe campaign was launched Monday after news broke that the FBI fired Strzok, a counterintelligence agent whom Republicans have criticized for sending disparaging text messages about President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE during the 2016 campaign.
The money raised will be placed into a trust “dedicated to covering Pete’s hefty – and growing – legal costs and his lost income,” according to the GoFundMe page.
Strzok was removed from Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s 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. He was also a key figure in the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell The Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief MORE's email use while secretary of State.
Trump on Monday praised Strzok's firing, tweeting “finally” and asking whether the Russia investigation “will be dropped.”