Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok denies bias at hearing full of fireworks

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok denies bias at hearing full of fireworks

The sharp tone of Strzok's statement sets the stage for a contentious hearing following hours of closed-door questioning last week.

You will notice that Republicans have not been able to produce any evidence that Strzok or anyone else took any official action that was biased, unfair, or inappropriate in their investigation of Russian meddling and the Trump campaign.

Strzok argued that Mueller did not remove him from his team because of bias, but because of the perception the texts created.

Strzok sought to explain his texts, including when he told Page "we'll stop" Trump, which he said was written in response to Trump's attacks on a Gold Star family during the 2016 campaign.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok testifies before a House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight & Government Reform joint hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election" in Washington, U.S., July 12, 2018. "Many contained expressions of concern for the security of our country-opinions that were not always expressed in terms I am proud of.But let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took".

At the conclusion of his remarks, several Democratic members of the committees audibly cheered.

He and an FBI lawyer he sent the messages to briefly worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation, but were dismissed from the team past year even though FBI agents are not prohibited from privately expressing political views.

Strzok is still in the hot seat due to lingering questions of whether his hatred of President Donald Trump tainted the integrity of his work with special counsel Robert Mueller and the Hillary Clinton investigations. They are safely walled off from any individual's personal political views, he said.

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Page told investigators that she and Strzok were having an affair, according to a Justice Department Inspector General's report about the Clinton email investigation, and that they used their work devices to hide that from their spouses.

Goodlatte threatened to hold Strzok in contempt after the committee devolved into a partisan brawl over whether Strzok could answer questions about the Russian Federation investigation.

Fair enough. We should note, however, that while we have seen Strzok's private text messages - because they were released by the Justice Department - we have no idea what other Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were texting each other, say, about Hillary Clinton.

Gowdy was repeatedly interrupted through the rest of his questions, while he and Strzok got into a heated exchange. Her lawyer said Page had offered to voluntarily appear before the committees later this month but needed more clarification about what the lawmakers would be asking.

"In August 2016, Page texted Strzok, "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? House lawmakers subpoenaed her to appear for a private interview and warned her that they would begin the process of holding her in contempt if she does not show this week.

"To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, please replace President Trump's name with your own name in a small sample of things Mr. Strzok has said", he said.

"How can the Rigged Witch Hunt proceed when it was started, influenced and worked on, for an extended period of time, by former FBI Agent/Lover Peter Strzok?".

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