Republican lawmakers who grilled an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and accused him of being biased against President Donald Trump got a taste of their own medicine thanks to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.).
Strzok helped lead two of the FBI's most high-profile investigations: inquiries into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
"These were his words, [when] he sat in front of us for eight hours, nine hours and denied there was any bias".
At the center of suspicion surrounding him are a series of text messages he exchanged with his lover, former Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page.
"I can't tell the good people of my state that I endorse a person who acts like that.' Was that you, Mr. Strzok?" "We don't want to read text message after text message dripping with bias against one of the two presidential candidates", Goodlatte said, adding that the congressional inquiry "goes to the very heart of our system of justice", and that Strzok and other feds had turned that "on its head".
And in a sign that Republicans are not eager to replay the nasty Strzok hearing, GOP lawmakers signaled Friday that they were unwilling to force Page to testify publicly - despite earlier indications that they would. Both Strzok and Page were booted from Mueller's investigation previous year after he discovered their texts.
"Credibility of a witness is always an issue", Gohmert retorted over the commotion. "No he won't. We'll stop it".
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".
Repulican Trey Gowdy of SC said Strzok exhibited "textbook bias" and in his mind had Clinton "winning the White House" before he finished her investigation.
"It's just an outrage that people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI that I spent most of my adult life and loved what we did for the American people, you know, can promote somebody with all these character flaws to such a high position", he said. He said it was not a declaration that he or the Federal Bureau of Investigation would improperly interfere with the electoral process. In it, Strzok describes his reluctance to work on behalf of the special counsel, and that seemed to imply he didn't think there would be substantial findings of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign team.
"I've talked to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents around the country", Gohmert continued, visibly upset.
The contentious hearing follows hours of closed-door questioning last week. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton.
"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.
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