Friday, 21 September, 2018

Ex-FBI lawyer testifies after agent colleague faced Congress grilling

Hearing a 'victory notch in Putin's belt': FBI agent in Russia probe Room erupts in anger and disbelief after Rep. Louie Gohmert asks FBI agent Peter Strzok about affair
Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2018, 13:53

They eventually cost Strzok his place on Robert Mueller's investigative team.

"There is significant new information she has provided, ' he told CNN, noting she was a 'very credible witness".

During their extramarital affair, Strzok and Page exchanged thousands of text messages to one another on their Federal Bureau of Investigation phones - including numerous anti-Trump comments. "We did not see the smug attitude that we saw from Strozk".

In her near-five-hour session, Page also reportedly answered questions Strzok declined to in his public hearing on Thursday.

"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".

"This has been an attack on you and a way to attack Mr. [Robert] Mueller and the investigation that is to get at Russian conclusion involved in our election, which is what this committee should be looking at", Cohen said of Republican attacks on Strzok.

"You've been out of control since you've been on this committee", she said.

Strzok maintained during the hearing he was not under subpoena, but instead testifying voluntarily.

"It's much more sedate, much more calm", said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat.

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Today Lisa Page will be questioned by members of Congress in a closed-door session, having had the benefit of watching Strzok's testimony on Thursday.

Democrats, however, agreed with the sentiment expressed by their colleague, California congressman Ted Lieu: "Let me start by saying, this is a stupid and ridiculous hearing".

Page, who left the Federal Bureau of Investigation in May, is expected to be interviewed by lawmakers behind closed doors on Friday after being subpoenaed to appear.

Goodlatte said the interview was scheduled to continue next Monday.

A joint House hearing to question an FBI agent who worked on investigations involving both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton quickly devolved into chaos as Republicans demanded he answer questions about the Russian Federation investigation. New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said, "You need your medication!" He told lawmakers the texts in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election reflected personal views that he had never acted on, angrily rejecting Republican allegations that he had set out to stop Donald Trump from becoming president.

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". Strzok, a seasoned counterintelligence agent, helped lead both investigations but has since been reassigned to human resources.

He insisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation had good cause two years ago to start investigating whether the Trump campaign was working with the Kremlin amid allegations of what he described as a Russian offer of assistance to a Trump campaign associate.

Page appeared before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees Friday, just one day after her former lover Peter Strzok testified before the same committees publicly.

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.