Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Had Damaging Information On Donald Trump, Says FBI Agent Peter Strzok

Strzok, who was an Army officer before joining the FBI, repeatedly denied acting on his anti-Trump views while he worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and while he worked on the Mueller probe.

Rep. Darrell Issa, after having Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok read his own texts out loud during Thursday's contentious hearing on Capitol Hill, defended the move as a way to show Strzok's biases. "This was not about getting answers from Strzok".

"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".

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"My presumption [was] based on that awful, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States", Strzok explained. Strzok has since been reassigned within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Louie Gohmert caused an uproar at a congressional hearing Thursday when he accused an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent of lying under oath and asked him "how many times" did he look "so innocently into [his] wife's eyes and lie to her" about a marital affair.

"I strongly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt", he told members of the committees. Right?!" Strzok replied, "No.

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Strzok is testifying publicly on Capitol Hill for the first time since the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that heavily criticized his comments.

Strzok also said he was one of the few people during the 2016 US election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that information could have derailed Trump's election chances. It also reflects an effort to shift attention away from the content of Strzok's texts and onto what he says is the more pressing issue: the Russians' "grave attack" on American democracy and continuing efforts to divide the country. Strzok was pulled off the Mueller investigation previous year after the Justice Department's internal watchdog made the special prosecutor aware of the texts.

The hearing lasted five hours and may resume on Monday. Strzok helped lead the FBI's early investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. Strzok's lawyer has said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building last month as the disciplinary process winds its way through the system.

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