According to Politico; Two more senior government officials formerly assigned to the Trump-Russia investigation are leaving their positions after they were discussed in text messages exchanged by FBI personnel.
FBI assistant director for public affairs, Mike Kortan, is set to “retire” next week. Also, the chief of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, David Laufman, resigned this week, according to a department spokesman.
Both men were prominently mentioned in text messages between senior FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.
President Donald Trump and many Republican lawmakers have argued that the texts are evidence of anti-Trump bias at senior levels of the Justice Department and FBI.
While the texts contain derogatory mentions of Trump, the messages made public thus far don’t attribute that sentiment to Kortan or Laufman, and there’s no indication that either departure is related to the recent flap.
Kortan, who has headed the FBI’s media operation since 2009, has told colleagues for months or longer that he was on the verge of retirement. The imminent nature of his departure was first reported by Fox News.
Laufman’s exit is more surprising. It was first reported by The Washington Post, which said he told colleagues he was leaving for personal reasons.
Laufman had served since 2014 as the top Justice Department official overseeing espionage investigations, as well as cases involving foreign lobbying and leaks of classified information. That put Laufman in charge of the Hillary Clinton email probe and aspects of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election — an inquiry handed off last May to special counsel Robert Mueller.
The Strzok-Page texts suggest they held an unflattering view of Laufman and Kortan.
“Kortan majorly screwed up,” one April 2016 text from Page said.
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