Shouting, insults as FBI agent faces angry Republicans

Lester Mason
July 13, 2018

Strzok was a lead agent in both the Russian Federation probe and the investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.

Throughout the hearing, Strzok denied that any of his animus toward Trump affected his work, and said lawmakers were taking his words out of context.

Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI counterintelligence official deeply involved in the Russian Federation investigation of Trump's campaign, insisted he was impartial despite his controversial August 2016 text exchange with ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was then having an affair.

Bonnie Watson ColemanBonnie Watson ColemanGOP lawmaker asks Federal Bureau of Investigation agent about lying to wife over affair Live coverage: Federal Bureau of Investigation agent defends anti-Trump texts in tense hearing Amazon adopts National Football League rule to boost diversity on its board MORE (D-N.J.) hollered at Gohmert. "We'll stop it", Mr. Strzok replied.

"We asked all the big Republicans to come on who were big at the hearing today", Cuomo noted.

Numerous media's seasoned political analysts professed to hear nothing new inFBI agent Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Thursday. It also reflects an effort to shift attention away from the content of Strzok's texts and onto what he says is the more pressing issue: the Russians' "grave attack" on American democracy and continuing efforts to divide the country.

The hearing was often raucous and seemed at times more like a TV comedy about Congress than a real committee hearing.

"President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him", Giuliani said.

As soon as the questions got underway, the hearing devolved into a partisan verbal brawl as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte struggled to maintain control of the crowded hearing room, which contained more than 70 members between the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

On Thursday, House Republicans grilled Strzok for hours, making all manner of incendiary insinuations about what that text implied.

"Sir, my concern was not knowing, given these allegations, what existed", Strzok said, referring to Trump and his team. "Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him".

"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.

"We asked the Committee staff to explain the scope of the investigation and provide sufficient notice that would allow her to prepare, which are normal conditions for congressional committees, but these committees have not followed the normal process", Jeffress said in a statement on July 9.

"Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took", he is expected to say.

Goodlatte threatened to hold Strzok in contempt at the end of the hearing if he did not answer Gowdy's question.

Strzok argued that Mueller did not remove him from his team because of bias, but because of the perception the texts created.

The ICIG has not publicly disclosed the findings Gohmert described in the meeting between Rucker and Strzok, but the congressman said the watchdog can document them. The texts were discovered during the Justice Department inspector general's probe of the Clinton email investigation.

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