FBI Agent Peter Strzok Faces Off with Lawmakers in Contentious Hearing

Doug Carpenter
July 15, 2018

"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.

A joint House hearing to question an FBI agent who worked on investigations involving both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton quickly devolved into chaos as Republicans demanded he answer questions about the Russian Federation investigation.

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

"It wasn't the discovery of your texts, Mr. Strzok".

Republicans aimed to show that Strzok went easy on Hillary Clinton's emails and rigged a witch hunt against Trump.

One of those agents was Peter Strzok, the man who "oversaw the opening of the Russian Federation investigation".

"To suggest we can parse down the shorthand like they're some contract for a auto is simply not consistent with my or most people's use of text messaging", Strzok said, practically yelling at Gowdy.

Strzok acknowledged meeting with Rucker, but said he did not recall the "specific content".

Vox offered an "explainer" on the hearings headlined, "The FBI agent accused of political bias defended himself in a raucous hearing".

To which Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, responded, "And I don't believe you".

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. He said the text, written late at night and off-the-cuff, reflected his belief that Americans would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behaviour" by the presidential candidate.

Strzok aggressively pushed back in the eight-hour session, stating "unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took". "So, I take great offense, and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn't".

He said Monday on "Fox and Friends": "They have to come to grips with the fact that they are investigating an innocent man. ..."

Strzok was reassigned from the Russian Federation investigation. The Justice Department, in a letter to both committees over the weekend, said it had "substantially complied" with their requests for documents and information, and was working to fulfill outstanding requests. "It simply couldn't happen".

Gohmert said impassionedly as Democrats on the committee yelled, "Mister Chairman, this is outrageous!" and a female member yelled, "You need your medication".

"I think that at this point, public testimony is not on the horizon", said Meadows, adding that a public hearing is "not something I would advocate for". Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) shouted at Gohmert after his remarks.

But Republicans eager to undermine Mueller's investigation berated Strzok, citing the texts as evidence of partisan bias within law enforcement.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., held open the possibility that the panel would still hold Strzok in contempt because he wouldn't answer questions about the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. Sound off in today's WND poll on Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok's testimony in Congress. Her lawyer said Page had offered to voluntarily appear before the committees later this month but needed more clarification about what the lawmakers would be asking.

"We must speak with one voice in making clear to Vladimir Putin: 'We will not allow you to interfere in our democratic processes or those of our allies, '" Sanders wrote in a tweet on Friday. "He's the only person in America who opened up a counterintelligence investigation into Trump's campaign", DeSantis noted.

Page worked for the FBI's former deputy director, Andrew McCabe, who was also in the small group of top-ranking officials handling those probes.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page leaves following an interview with lawmakers behind closed doors on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 13, 2018.

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