Soon after reports surfaced that the FBI fired Peter Strzok over anti-Trump text messages, the former agent launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover his “hefty–and growing–legal costs and his lost income.”
Strzok first promoted the page from his newly minted Twitter handle—the authenticity of which was verified by The Daily Caller.
Below a note from Zuckerman Spaeder—the white collar litigation juggernaut representing Strzok—the controversial figure posted a link to the GoFundMe page.
“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,” reads the campaign page. “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.”
As of writing this story, the page has raised $32,000 of its $150,000 goal.
Once a rising star at the bureau for investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, and the question of collusion between President Trump and Russia, Strzok became fodder for Republicans after text messages surfaced between him and an extramarital lover. The messages appeared to show partisan bias in the Russia investigation, and the agent was reassigned to the FBI’s human resources department.
Testifying before lawmakers last month, Strzok opted for defiance.
“Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,” Strzok told the House Judiciary and Oversight committees. “I have the utmost respect for Congress’s oversight role, but I truly believe that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”
Shortly after Strzok’s departure from the bureau was announced on Monday, Trump took to Twitter to boast about the outcome.