Shouting, Insults As FBI Agent Faces Angry Republicans

14 July, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Former FBI agent Peter Strzok to lawmakers: Anti-Trump texts didn’t “impact any official action”

Strzok helped lead two of the FBI's most high-profile investigations: inquiries into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. That text was at the forefront of the hours long back-and-forth with Republican lawmakers Thursday. Strzok said. "You just want to hear - for me to repeat it". The interview will also be transcribed, too, according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Ohio.

While reading one in which he used the f-word while talking about Trump, Strzok paused and asked how he should handle it, then finished.

"This investigation is not politically motivated", Strzok said.

In one exchange, Ms. Page, who also worked on both investigations, said to Mr. Strzok that Trump is "not ever going to become president, right?"

Gohmert said he meant to ask Strzok about an allegation that the agent was told by Intelligence Community Inspector General's investigator Frank Rucker that an "anomaly" was found in the metadata within Clinton's unauthorized private email server. Outgoing Congressman Trey Gowdy brought up that text and another in which Strzok said Hillary Clinton should win "100 million to zero".

An inspector general report last month 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 wasn't tainted by bias.

Strzok testified Thursday that his texts "have created confusion and caused pain for people I love" and "have provided ammunition for misguided attacks against the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an institution I love deeply and have served proudly for more than 20 years".

In his first public comments since private text messages between Strzok and Page were disclosed, the agent concluded opening remarks with a pointed broadside against his antagonisers.

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"My presumption, based on that terrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States", Strzok said.

That set up perhaps the most pivotal moment of the ongoing hearing, as Mr Strzok attempted to defend his, and the FBI's, integrity and explained that the texts in questions came after Mr Trump insulted the Muslim parents of a slain U.S. soldier, which he called "horrible, disgusting behaviour". Strzok, an expert in the field of counterintelligence, had played a leading role in the Hillary Clinton investigation. I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way.

"They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me anymore than I would tolerate it in them", Strzok said.

During the marathon hearing, Democrats staunchly defended Strzok.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., finally said that Strzok would be recalled to the committee after the day's hearing so that it could determine whether to hold him in contempt.

"This information had the potential to derail and quite possibly defeat Mr. Trump, but the thought of expressing that, or exposing that information never crossed my mind", Efe quoted Mr Strzok as telling to lawmakers during a congressional hearing. "The idea that we would park our rights and privileges and freedoms because it may cause offence to a USA president, I think people in London and the United Kingdom would find objectionable as indeed would Americans", the mayor said.

The FBI agent went on to assail Republicans for corroding "what the FBI is in American society", and impairing its capacity to execute its mission.

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