FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok testifies before the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election", on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington.
An FBI agent assailed as biased by Donald Trump after it emerged he railed against the president in private messages with his lover, said Thursday (Jul 12) such attacks are bolstering Russia's Vladimir Putin and tearing the United States apart. Considering Democrats agree with his motivations, not to mention the way he classified Trump voters as uneducated, smelly and bigoted in text messages to his mistress, the cheers aren't surprising.
The hearing briefly devolved into chaos and open yelling as Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte said Strzok needed to answer Republicans' questions and suggested they might recess the hearing and hold him in contempt. Democrats objected to Goodlatte's repeated attempts to get Strzok to answer.
"At the conclusion of the day, we will be recessing the hearing and you will subject to recall to allow the Committee to consider a contempt citation", Goodlatte said.
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 said, but was cut off by Gowdy.
"As House Judiciary Republicans spend half the day or longer publicly flogging Peter Strzok", wrote Wheeler, "know that all that flogging can not change the fact that key evidence in Mueller's possession, evidence which I suspect implicates the president directly, has absolutely no tie to Peter Strzok at all". But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind.
Strzok appeared before the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees Thursday, where he was grilled by lawmakers over anti-Trump text messages he sent to attorney Lisa Page.
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"I acknowledge that is absolutely their right, that is what makes our democracy such a vibrant process that it is", Strzok said. Right?!" to which Strzok replied, "No. It was in no way, unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the F.B.I., would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate.
"At no time, in any of those texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok said.
Strzok appeared before lawmakers in Congress last month for a closed-door interview.
Her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, said they are working quickly to arrange a new time for Page to testify, noting that they were not able to obtain the proper paperwork from the Department of Justice before her scheduled testimony, nor would the panel provide them with the scope of the interview, as they are required to do. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton.
The text surfaced in last month's report released by the Justice Department inspector general.
"Like many people, I had and expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election", Strzok said.