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Mueller Removed FBI Agent From Russia Probe Over Anti-Trump Messages

Newspaper reports about the agent's removal came just a day after Robert Mueller's team revealed a plea deal with a key figure in the Trump campaign — a sign the probe could be in a new phase.
Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in June at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Source: Alex Wong

Updated at 9:14 p.m. ET

The office of special counsel Robert Mueller removed an FBI agent from the team investigating Russia's interference in last year's election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, the Washington Post and the New York Times both reported Saturday.

Agent Peter Strzok exchanged politically-charged text messages with Lisa Page, who was also a member of Mueller's investigative team at the time; the messages expressed anti-Trump views, according to both newspapers.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the

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