Chaos Erupts During Congressional Testimony by Anti-Trump FBI Agent Peter Strzok

Chaos Erupts During Congressional Testimony by Anti-Trump FBI Agent Peter Strzok

He was removed from the investigation in 2017 after those text messages with fellow FBI employee Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, were discovered. Your losers-and there were some at the Department of Justice and the FBI who behaved appallingly in their investigations into Clinton's email probe and the Russian Federation counterintelligence investigation that is now being headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Finally, Goodlatte addressed Strzok directly, asking him if he was refusing to answer the question. The interview will also be transcribed, too, according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Ohio.

Strzok said he didn't have to answer the question because, despite being subpoenaed by the committee, he had previously said he would speak voluntarily.

Goodlatte moved to table the motion until the end of the hearing, which was approved by a voice vote, but Democrats objected and demanded a recorded vote.

"At no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok testified.

Strzok has met with members of the House Judiciary Committee privately, but his hearing scheduled for Thursday is open.

Strzok is testifying publicly on Capitol Hill for the first time since the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that heavily criticized his comments.

She also stressed, especially when it came to Rep. Louie Gohmert's (R-TX) line of questioning and one Democrat's mentioning of a Purple Heart, what happened in Washington today went too far.

"I urge our chairmen to change course and to keep their promises to protect the integrity of the special counsel's investigation", Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in his opening statement Thursday.

At one point, Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, invoked Strzok's personal life by alluding to the fact the texts were exchanged while he and Page were in a relationship.

The hearings were burdened, however, by a queue of more than 70 members of Congress waiting to ask questions.

In a chaotic hearing that spanned 10 hours, he insisted he never allowed personal opinions to affect his work, though he did acknowledge being dismayed by Donald Trump's behavior during the campaign. "He is still an employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI's counsel has instructed him not to answer the question".

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He said that his text messages critical of Trump shortly after the investigation began were in response to Trump's behavior on the campaign trail - and not a reflection of his investigative intent.

At one point, Strzok said he didn't appreciate an assertion from Gowdy, who retorted, "I don't give a damn what you appreciate".

"What does Trump support smell like, Mr. Strzok?" the lawmaker wondered.

It reflected, he said, "my presumption, based on that frightful, disgusting behavior, that the American population would not elect someone demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States".

In one, Page asked Strzok if Trump was going to be president.

"We were deeply troubled by text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page that potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations", the Justice Department's inspector general wrote in its June report.

"But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind", Strzok said.

So in short: The IG report found that top officials at the FBI believe bias at the NY office put the bureau in the situation that led to an investigatory action that likely changed the result of the election.

"Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath", he said.

Officials said Friday the committees had reached an agreement to question her behind closed doors on Friday, following an angry back and forth with Page's lawyer Amy Jeffress over what she called "bullying tactics" by the lawmakers.

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