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FBI Agent Peter Strzok Faces Off with Lawmakers in Contentious Hearing

14 July 2018

Strzok was testifying before a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, where he defended himself against claims he allowed his personal biases to affect his investigation into alleged ties between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

Many congressional Republicans believe Page and Strzok were key participants in covert efforts by top officials in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to keep Trump from winning the 2016 election and then to somehow force him out of office following his entering the Oval Office.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for engaging in "large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election".

"We know Peter Strzok is a bad guy", the California Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" about the agent who at one time had been in charge of the investigations into Hillary Clinton's email server and that of now-President Donald Trump and Russian Federation. "I didn't agree with her characterization of every text message and piece of evidence". The interview will also be transcribed, too, according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Ohio.

"Would anyone sitting here today believe that this was an acceptable state of affairs, particularly at an agency whose motto is "Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity"?" "Those were the areas, I think, that were the most productive".

"What I am telling you is I and the other men and women of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, every day take our personal beliefs, and set those aside in vigorous pursuit of the truth - wherever it lies, whatever it is".

Page and her former lover, Peter Strzok, are facing the hearings after text messages sent between the pair revealed their hard anti-Trump stance. He said the late-night, off-the-cuff text reflected his belief that Americans would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behavior" by the presidential candidate. "So, I take great offense, and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn't".

"Mr. Gowdy, my understanding of why I was kicked off was that based on an understanding of those texts, and the perception that they might create-" Strzok said.

"That is who we are as the FBI", Strzok said in an animated riff that drew Democratic applause. "It simply couldn't happen".

On Friday, Page will sit down with the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees, which have sought her testimony for seven months.

"I don't give a damn what you appreciate, agent Strzok".

"No, you didn't", Connolly said. Strzok, a seasoned counterintelligence agent, helped lead both investigations but has since been reassigned to human resources. He was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of the derogatory text messages past year, exchanged with an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer he was having an affair with.

"I like Louie Gohmert a lot- I thought that moment, that exchange with Gohmert and Strzok- I didn't think that was good", Ingraham continued. Gohmert speculated about whether he looked "so innocent" when he looked into his wife's eyes and lied about the affair. Democrats objected to Goodlatte's repeated attempts to get Strzok to answer.

"There is the disgrace", Gohmert said. "It was Republican Jason Chaffetz, former chairman of my committee".

Republican lawmakers have been adamant that her and Strzok's political opinions clouded their judgment and impacted their work on the probes by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "At times my criticism was blunt, but despite how it has been characterized it was not limited to one person or one party". President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him. Strzok, unlike Page, remains employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Faces Off with Lawmakers in Contentious Hearing