He and an FBI lawyer he sent the messages to briefly worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation, but were dismissed from the team a year ago even though FBI agents are not prohibited from privately expressing political views.
Strzok implored Republicans to appreciate the context of his text, which was sent late at night, shortly after the Republican nominee had "insulted the immigrant family of a fallen war hero" (i.e., the family of Khizr Muazzam Khan, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention).
In response, Sen. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) snapped, "Mr. Strzok, you are under subpoena and are required to answer the question". "Are you objecting to the question?"
An argument ensued between Goodlatte and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the committee's ranking member, who contended that Gowdy was putting Strzok in an "impossible position".
Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep.
Strzok responded, "No. No he's not". Unsurprisingly, the hearing quickly devolved into a circus, with members yelling at each other, overlapping points of order, and a general sense of chaos.
At one point, when he was finally allowed to give a complete answer to a question, Strzok somewhat angrily explained why not only didn't he do anything to unfairly twist the investigation into Russian meddling, he couldn't have even if he wanted to. Furthermore, this isn't just me sitting here telling you.
Political observers were far from impressed today when the House Judiciary Committee plunged into total madness during their hearing with Peter Strzok.
"She has offered to voluntarily appear before the Committees later this month".
Strzok also said he was one of the few people during the 2016 USA election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that information could have derailed Trump's election chances.
"Will the committee also consider contempt for Mr. Bannon?" Republicans ultimately prevailed, and the motion was defeated.
Republican lawmakers tore into former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy assistant director Peter Strzok on Thursday.
This is because Strzok had participated in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the special counsel's probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation - but was removed from the latter last summer, after an internal investigation discovered that he had expressed a low opinion of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race in text messages with his colleague Lisa Page.
"This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax", Strzok said in a statement to be delivered at the hearing.
"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", he said.
"I have the utmost respect for Congress's oversight role, but I truly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir Putin's] belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart", Strzok said.