Embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok Defiantly Defends Himself at Heated House Hearing

Embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok Defiantly Defends Himself at Heated House Hearing

"Most disturbingly, it has been wildly successful - sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions".

"I strongly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt", he told members of the committees.

An inspector general report blamed Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page for creating an appearance of impropriety through their texts but found that the outcome of the Clinton investigation was not tainted by bias. She wondered if it was time to remove the cameras from congressional hearings.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) explained the pivotal piece of the puzzle about the origins of the Russian investigation that was revealed by Peter Strzok in his testimony before Congress Thursday.

And yet some analysts couldn't help but notice a hint of irony in Republicans' argument that Strzok's personal views must have influenced his official duty, while they simultaneously conduct investigations into politicians they openly support or oppose.

Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who led the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and previously worked on the investigation into links between the Russian government and President Donald Trump's campaign, was testifying before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

Strzok implored Republicans to appreciate the context of his text, which was sent late at night, shortly after the Republican nominee had "insulted the immigrant family of a fallen war hero" (i.e., the family of Khizr Muazzam Khan, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention).

An embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias vigorously defended himself at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger-pointing and veiled references to personal transgressions.

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But Republicans insisted Strzok's testimony showed the extent to which bias infected the Russian Federation inquiry.

Strzok has met with members of the House Judiciary Committee privately, but his hearing scheduled for Thursday is open.

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

"The Judiciary Committee intends to initiate contempt proceedings on Friday, July 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.", Goodlatte and Gowdy wrote in their letter to Amy Jeffress, who is representing Page.

Gowdy seized on one message that has received particular attention from right-wing media outlets, an August 8, 2016, text in which Strzok, discussing with Page the prospect of a Trump win, says, "No. Page had texted him, "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right?

Trump criticized the two again ahead of the House hearing in a Twitter post from his trip to Europe.

Page was subpoenaed to appear for a closed-door interview on Wednesday but defied the subpoena, saying she had not been given sufficient time to review the materials related to her testimony. Wow, but is anybody really surprised!

After the commotion died down, Gohmert used the remainder of his time to ask Strzok if he had spoken to Clinton more than once and to remark, incredulously, "So after throwing away what you have, with all the bias you have, you've never even gotten a thank you".

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