Embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok Defiantly Defends Himself at Heated House Hearing

Lester Mason
July 14, 2018

But the embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation agent challenged that, saying that he was let go because the text messages create the perception of bias, not that he was found to be biased.

Strzok endured roughly 11 hours of testimony before House lawmakers Thursday, with many Republicans focusing on his text of "we'll stop it" in reference to Trump's campaign.

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R) reacted to the outrage over his comments about FBI Agent Peter Strzok's infidelity and also claimed that a non-Russian entity breached Hillary Clinton's email server.

"Well, hang on a second, Agent Strzok!"

"It's just an outrage that people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI that I spent most of my adult life and loved what we did for the American people, you know, can promote somebody with all these character flaws to such a high position", he said.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for engaging in "large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 USA presidential election".

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.

New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he thought it was against House rules to impugn the character of a witness. The 26-year Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran Strzok faced myriad attacks on his professional and personal life from House Republicans over his text messages and affair with former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page.

Strzok struck a combative tone throughout the hearing, telling congressmen, "Today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart". Both agents had been working on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe at the time. "It was, in no way, unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process".

Reading several of Strzok's text messages back to him, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) accused Strzok of having an "unusual and largely self-serving" definition of bias.

The hearing lasted five hours and may resume on Monday. Both Strzok and Page were booted from Mueller's investigation past year after he discovered their texts.

FBI Director Chris Wray says employees who were singled out for criticism in the report have been referred to internal disciplinary officials.

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