Monday, 16 July, 2018

My work has never been tainted by political bias — Federal Bureau of Investigation agent

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Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 01:31

"When you have text messages, Mr. Strzok, the way you do, saying the things you did it'd been better off [if you began your testimony] saying "look, it was my bias", Gohmert said, adding that Strzok definitively lied "with a straight face".

Rep. Gohmert went after FBI agent Peter Strzok for cheating on his wife throughout the investigations into Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Chalian's remarks come the same day Strzok faced off with GOP members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

Republican members of the committee were expected to grill Strzok for hours as they argue that the text messages with Lisa Page coloured the outcome of the Clinton email investigation and undercut the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.

"Just as Jack Nicholson said in the movie 'A Few Good Men, ' 'You can't handle the truth.' And the truth is, this is the most corrupt administration ever, and it's going to be exposed by Robert Mueller, thank God". But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton.

"They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me anymore than I would tolerate it in them", he went on.

Page served as the chief legal adviser to the FBI's then-deputy director, Andrew McCabe. It simply couldn't happen.

Strzok said the proposition that there is a conspiracy going within the nation's foremost domestic law enforcement agency "deeply corrodes" faith in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Strzok was there to publicly address Republican accusations that he sought to improperly affect the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election, and had a heated back-and-forth with Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

After more than 20 minutes of maneuvering and posturing following the subpoena discussion, Gowdy ended his interrogation of Strzok and Strzok was given the floor to respond.

"What's stop "it"?" Gowdy asked.

Cicilline's response: "We intend to release this transcript unless someone presents some rule that prevents us from doing it, and we'll give you till 5 this afternoon to present that, " he said. "What and who did you mean by 'it?"

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"That is bias", Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in a fiery opening statement.

"I don't care when it was written, I don't care whether it was longhand, cursive, I don't care about any of that".

Goodlatte, who was chairing the joint hearing, brought up Strzok's text messages in reference to what he thought about Trump supporters, asking "what does Trump support smell like?" and also asked if he thought the president's base was made up of "hillbillies".

The exchange only became more heated from there.

"Muller never told me why I was being removed, but it had nothing to do with the text messages", he replied.

And just as this kindergarten rumpus was ramping up in Washington, where the Major League Baseball all-star game will be played next week, word arrived from Columbus, Ohio that Stormy Daniels, the noted thespian, had been taken into police custody after she allowed a patron to touch her person while she was performing at a Buckeye State honky-tonk.

Republicans have cited Page's and Strzok's messages as evidence about what they call bias inside federal law enforcement and that conspirators launched the Russian Federation investigation out of partisan animus.

"No Mr. Gowdy, it wasn't".

"I don't agree with your characterization of my views as biased", the lover insisted to one Republican accuser.

"Not at all", a defiant Strzok said.

"Well then why did you get kicked off!"

"That was being used in the context of me not knowing what it would lead to", Mr. Strzok said. It was, Strzok said, concern about the appearance of bias, rather than bias that caused his removal. "Agent Strzok may not see it, but the rest of the country does". Gowdy said, referring to one of the agents who showed up at Hillary Clinton's election party.