Conservatives proceeded to cast one of those text messages as the smoking gun in its case against Strzok in particular, and the FBI investigation into Trump, in general: In response to a message from Page expressing horror at the thought of Trump's election, Strzok replied, "We'll stop it".
"In the majority's view, we do not have time to conduct oversight on nearly any national security issue - but we have hours on end to discuss Mr. Strzok's extramarital affair", Nadler said.
But Republicans eager to undermine Mueller's investigation berated Strzok, holding up the texts as evidence of partisan bias within a law enforcement agency meant to steer clear of political considerations.
The two agents disparaged Trump throughout 2016, describing him as an "idiot" and a "menace". "It taints the entire Mueller witch hunt".
Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok testifies before a joint committee hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees on Capitol Hill, July 12, 2018, in Washington.
Strzok's statement also denied that political considerations have ever affected his official acts as an investigator. "It is not a hoax".
"It was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero and my presumption, based on that frightful, disgusting behavior, that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States", Strzok said. In one exchange, Strozk vowed to "stop" Trump.
Page is testifying to congressional lawmakers in a closed-door session on Friday.
The hearing exposed clear partisan divides in the House judiciary and oversight committees, as Democrats accused Republicans of trying to divert attention from Trump's ties to Russian Federation by excessively focusing on Strzok. "Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him".
"They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me anymore than I would tolerate it in them", Strzok said.
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Questioned by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Strzok became the first FBI or Department of Justice official to admit that Bruce Ohr, whose wife Nellie Ohr was hired by Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research against then-candidate Donald Trump, supplied the FBI with documents related to the Russian Federation counterintelligence investigation.
First, Gowdy slammed Strzok during his opening statement and defined him as a biased, selfish agent out for vengeance. "Agent Strzok may not see it, but the rest of the country does".
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".
Goodlatte told Strzok he could answer, though Gohmert was visibly displeased. "If you want to represent what you said accurately I am happy to answer that question, but I don't appreciate what was originally said being changed".
The Late Show host then mocked the consistent bickering between House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
The committee devolved into chaos once again as Gowdy tried to support his line of questioning - which he could not.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attacked Strzok's marathon testimony and stated those who were investigating the president's former campaign had a "pathological hatred" toward Trump.
Gowdy was repeatedly interrupted through the rest of his questions, while he and Strzok got into a heated exchange.
"Not at all", a defiant Strzok said.