Peter Strzok to be 'RECALLED FOR CONTEMPT' After Fiery Testimony — CAPITOL CLASH

Friday, 13 Jul, 2018

FBI agent Peter Strzok, whom Ingraham called "snooty and indignant", testified for hours before the joint committees about sending anti-Trump text messages while working on the FBI's investigation into Russian election interference in 2016.

Giuliani, who usually delivers his messages through television interviews, was responding to Strzok's highly contentious hearing Thursday before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, threatened Strzok with contempt, claiming he was under subpoena.

Reps. Elijah E. Cummings and Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrats on the House oversight and judiciary committees, said under House rules the minority party is allowed to demand a witness of their own. Strzok's testimony, under oath, is that Bruce Ohr provided information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that included material compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele - the Russian dossier.

Controversial FBI agent Peter Strzok said on Thursday that he had damaging information on US President Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential election that may have derailed his campaign.

At one point, Strzok said he didn't appreciate an assertion from Gowdy, who retorted, "I don't give a damn what you appreciate".

Strzok testified before the House in a closed-door hearing in June, where Republicans railed against his credibility in claiming that his texts with Page were not evidence that he meant to block Trump from the presidency, as his critics have said an August 2016 message suggests.

"If you can't control yourself", Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman charged Gowdy, "how do you expect this committee to control itself?"

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

"My presumption [was] based on that terrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States", Strzok explained.

For a brief moment, lawmakers floated the idea of Strzok having some company when he appears Thursday - as the committee offered Page a spot to testify at Thursday's hearing. He also said he had never contemplated leaking damaging information he knew about the Trump campaign.

"I am certain that Congress will have the opportunity to look at any investigation once it is closed", he said. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton. And particularly damaging was the fact that, according to unnamed United States officials, Strzok played a role in changing former FBI Director James Comey's wording regarding how she handled classified information from "gross negligence" to the noncriminal "extremely careless".

Strzok declined to answer a question from Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, about interviews he conducted during the FBI's Russian Federation probe, saying the agency had directed him not to discuss ongoing investigations.

After the commotion died down, Gohmert used the remainder of his time to ask Strzok if he had spoken to Clinton more than once and to remark, incredulously, "So after throwing away what you have, with all the bias you have, you've never even gotten a thank you". Both Page and Strzok briefly served on Mueller's team as well.

Page is expected to speak to lawmakers at a private meeting Friday.