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FBI agent Peter Strzok say political bias did not impact investigations

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Scorches GOP in Testimony Fit For Aaron Sorkin Script Hearing a 'victory notch in Putin's belt': FBI agent in Russia probe
Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2018, 08:07

The official took part in the investigation regarding Hillary Clinton " s use of a private email server for official communications during her tenure as US Secretary of State and was involved in the Russian Federation probe, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, although he was taken off the case after his text exchange was revealed. He was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of the derogatory text messages previous year, exchanged with an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer he was having an affair with. Strzok was pulled off the Mueller investigation previous year after the Justice Department's internal watchdog made the special prosecutor aware of the texts.

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

Gohmert said he was incensed at Strzok and thought he was knowingly lying to lawmakers, which in turn steered his questioning of Strzok toward his personal life.

"That last exchange. may have clouded over a very important story", Gohmert said. "There is the disgrace".

"There is the disgrace, and it won't be recaptured anytime soon because of the damage you've done to the justice system", he continued, addressing Strzok.

And as lawmakers hurled slurs at each other and at the agent, a man sitting just behind Strzok couldn't keep a straight face.

'I can't help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent in to your wife's eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page, ' he asked.

The room erupted into cries of anger and disbelief.

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Perino called Gohmert's attack "way overboard" and also faulted Democrats for their "outrageous" defense of the witness.

The hearing was punctuated by chaos and open yelling as Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte said Strzok needed to answer Republicans' questions and suggested they might recess the hearing and hold him in contempt. Democrats objected to Goodlatte's repeated attempts to get Strzok to answer. "Mr. Chairman, this is intolerable harassment of a witness!"

At one point, Strzok said he didn't appreciate an assertion from Gowdy, who retorted, "I don't give a damn what you appreciate".

"Do you need your medication?" a woman in the hearing shouted.

Goodlatte told Strzok he could answer, though Gohmert was visibly displeased.

"At no time, in any of those texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok said.

"The fact that you would question whether or not that was the sort of look I would engage within a family member who I have acknowledged hurting goes more to a discussion about your character and what you stand for", Strzok struck back.