Pres. Trump accuses FBI agent of ‘treason’ in newspaper interview

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: US President Donald Trump speaks about his 12-day trip to Asia, fair trade, and the economy, at the White House on November 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON β€” President Donald Trump has accused an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team of “treason.”

President 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 President Trump’s allegation is “beyond reckless” and “It should surprise no one that the President has both the facts and the law wrong.”