At FBI Agent's Hearing, Congressman Shades Republicans Who Also Criticized Trump

Saturday, 14 Jul, 2018

This is because Strzok had participated in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the special counsel's probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation - but was removed from the latter last summer, after an internal investigation discovered that he had expressed a low opinion of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race in text messages with his colleague Lisa Page. He was removed from this team after the release of a series of personal text messages he had exchanged with a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, in which Strzok expressed his personal opposition to Trump.

On Thursday, House Republicans grilled Strzok for hours, making all manner of incendiary insinuations about what that text implied. "This was not about getting answers from Strzok".

This prompted Gohmert in turn to raise his voice, turn to Strzok and say, "No, the disgrace is what this man has done to our justice system".

"I've talked to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents around the country. That is bias. Agent Strzok may not see it, but the rest of the country does, and it is not what we want, expect or deserve from any law enforcement officer, much less the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

"I didn't agree with her characterization of every text message and every piece of evidence, but we did not see the smug attitude from Lisa Page that we saw from Peter Strzok", said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) as he left the hearing.

"I have the utmost respect for Congress's oversight role, but I truly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart", Strzok said.

Once special counsel Robert Mueller found out about his text messages he fired him from the Russian Federation investigation. "But", he said, "the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind".

In the prepared remarks, Strzok acknowledges that while his text message criticism was "blunt", it was not directed at one person or political party, and included jabs not only at Trump, but also at Clinton as well as Sen.

"He [Strzok] was told by the intelligence community inspector general's investigator Frank Rutger that they had found an anomaly in the emails going to and from Hillary Clinton's unauthorized private server", Gohmert explained. Last year, he was reassigned from Mueller's team after the compromising texts emerged.

"It felt like a public lynching", Dana Perino, a Fox News Host and a former White House press secretary under President George W Bush, said of the Republicans' interrogation of Strzok.