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Strzok thanks supporters as his GoFundMe page raises $250,000 in less than a day

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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.”

 

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 Trump during the 2016 campaign.

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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 Mueller’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 Clinton’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.”

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