Trump accuses FBI agent of ‘treason’ in newspaper interview

Mandatory Credit: Photo by JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9294305b) US President Donald J. Trump speaks to the media as he departs the White House for an event at the FBI Academy in Washington, DC, USA 15 December 2017. The President spoke about Roy Moore, Russian President Putin, North Korea, and the status of the Republican tax bill. The White House and Congressional Republicans believe they have the votes to pass the tax bill next week, though the recent hospitalizations of Senators McCain and Cochran could upset that timing. Trump speaks about Roy Moore, tax bill as he departs White House, Washington, USA - 15 Dec 2017
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has accused an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team of ‘‘treason.’’

Trump made the comment in an interview Thursday with The Wall Street Journal.

He was referring to Peter Strzok, an FBI agent who had been assigned to work on Mueller’s team investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Strzok was removed last summer following the discovery of anti-Trump text messages he exchanged with an FBI lawyer who was also assigned to the team.


Treason is defined in law as aiding an enemy of the United States.

Aitan Goelman, a lawyer for Strzok, says Trump’s allegation is ‘‘beyond reckless’’ and ‘‘It should surprise no one that the President has both the facts and the law wrong.’’