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'Unprecedented Level of Animus!' Strzok Gets His Smackdown for Anti-Trump Bias

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok prepares to testify on Thursday FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok prepares to testify on Thursday
Jeannette Daniel | 14 July, 2018, 08:02

"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", Peter Strzok, told House lawmakers investigating what Republicans say is evidence of rampant bias at the top levels of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert went after FBI agent Peter Strzok during a televised House committee hearing Thursday for cheating on his wife with colleague Lisa Page druing the investigations into Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

"These were his words, [when] he sat in front of us for eight hours, nine hours and denied there was any bias".

Republican members of the House judiciary and oversight committees grilled Strzok as they argued that text messages he exchanged with FBI lawyer Lisa Page colored the outcome of the Clinton investigation and undercut the ongoing Russian Federation probe.

Those remarks resulted in further interjections from Democrats, who said Gohmert was harassing Strzok and impugning the agent's character.

At one point, Strzok refused to answer questions, citing a directive by Federal Bureau of Investigation attorneys, leading the chairman to threaten him with contempt of Congress. Strzok was removed from the special counsel probe after the text messages were discovered past year, while Page had already left.

Several Republicans on the committee, including those who have threatened Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein with contempt or impeachment, praised the indictment of the Russian officials Friday. "No, he's not. We'll stop it".

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At one point, Trey Gowdy, chairman of the oversight committee, grew frustrated with Strzok's answers and shouted: "I don't give a damn what you appreciate Agent Strzok". This is nothing but a ruse to try to get to the Mueller investigation and make people think it's baseless, that it's biased.

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".

"Under oath, as I spoke also during my interview to you a week or two ago, I have always told the truth", Strzok began.

FBI Director Chris Wray says employees who were singled out for criticism in the report have been referred to internal disciplinary officials.

Giuliani reiterated the president's nickname for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe-"witch hunt"-and claimed the probe should be wrapped up as soon as possible".

"Well, hang on a second, Agent Strzok!"

The sharp tone of Strzok's statement set the stage for a contentious hearing following hours of closed-door questioning last week. Horowitz told lawmakers after the report's release that he is not confident that Strzok was unbiased during the FBI's investigation into Clinton's emails. Strzok's lawyer has said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building as the disciplinary process winds its way through the system.

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