Strzok has been the target of months of attacks by Trump and his supporters over the text messages, which Strzok exchanged on his official government mobile phone with Page.
The decision to fire Strzok was so surprising because he had signed an agreement in July with the Office of Professional Responsibility to accept the suspension and demotion, Goelman said in an interview Monday.
Goelman said the FBI departed from established precedent by firing Strzok, who had served in the bureau for 21 years. "The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & long". It was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!
"It's about time", Representative Jim Jordan of OH, a Judiciary Committee member who has been leading the House scrutiny of Strzok and other Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice officials, said in an interview Monday.
"It has been an honor to serve my country and work with the fine men and women of the FBI", Strzok wrote, including a link to a GoFundMe account meant to cover his legal costs and lost income.
"In another text, Page wrote Strzok in August 2016: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right?
Strzok was also a lead investigator on the probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton's email sever in 2016.
His firing was earlier reported by The Washington Post.
Although his Twitter account has only sent one message thus far, it had made subtle messages by "liking" tweets critical of the president.
"Peter Strzok, a man who has spent his entire life working to help keep us and our nation safe, has been fired". Strzok repeatedly insisted the texts, including ones in which he called Trump a "disaster", did not reflect political bias and had not infected his work.
Strzok and Page's story came to light just one day after former national security adviser Mike Flynn concluded his guilty plea in the Russian Federation case with Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller in December 2017.
The page, launched Monday by "Friends Of Special Agent Peter Strzok", initially sought $150,000 to be "put into a trust dedicated to covering Pete's hefty - and growing - legal costs and his lost income". Democrats accused Republicans of trying to divert attention from Mueller's investigation and Trump's ties to Russian Federation by focusing on Strzok. Strzok later told Congress his text was "off the cuff" and based on his belief that voters would not support Trump after his behavior as a candidate.
The FBI declined to comment.