Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Takeaways from FBI Agent's Explosive Congressional Hearing

Takeaways from FBI Agent's Explosive Congressional Hearing

Page worked on the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, and her anti-Trump text messages with Peter Strzok fueled several investigations into whether the DOJ and FBI showed bias during the Russian Federation probe and the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.

At one point, Trey Gowdy, chairman of the oversight committee, grew frustrated with Strzok's answers and shouted: "I don't give a damn what you appreciate Agent Strzok".

House Judiciary Chairman Bob W. Goodlatte (R-Va.) cocked an eye at Strzok's claim of neutrality in the probes of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Trump campaign.

'Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him.

Strzok said under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he vowed "we'll stop" a Trump candidacy followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member.

Strzok wound up where he begun, with a condemnation of the partisan attacks on the Justice Department and FBI he said had been corrosive of Americans' trust in federal law enforcement.

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"Mr. Chairman, there's no basis for that", protested the top Judiciary Democrat, Rep.

Strzok replied that Trump won't.

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

"My presumption, 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 said.

In his most direct defense of the controversial texts, Strzok said he had written them "off-the-cuff" and that it was important to view them in the context of the heated election in 2016, during which Trump engaged in numerous outrageous, racially-charged feuds - including with the family of Muslim U.S. Army captain who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

Strzok argued that Mueller did not remove him from his team because of bias, but because of the perception the texts created. Strzok has denied those allegations, pointing to an inspector general's report focused on the Clinton probe, which found no evidence Strzok's apparent bias affected his decision-making.

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Strzok said on Thursday that the "we" in the text referred to the American people because he believed Trump would not win the election after criticizing families whose relatives had been killed while serving in the USA military.

"Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional", Ryan said, promising that "we will do what we need to do to protect this branch of government".

FBI Director Chris Wray says employees who were singled out for criticism in the report have been referred to internal disciplinary officials.

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.

Goodlatte told Alisyn Camerota on CNN's "New Day" Thursday morning that Page had agreed to an interview Friday.

"This investigation is a political charade - a platform to elevate far-right conspiracy theories and undermine the special counsel's ongoing criminal investigation of the President and his campaign aides", Nadler and Cummings said in that statement.

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