Had Damaging Information On Donald Trump, Says FBI Agent Peter Strzok

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Mr. Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, questioned Mr. Strzok about his dismissal from Mr. Mueller's team, saying the texts disparaging President Trump showed he was biased.

Strzok played major roles in investigations into both Hillary Clinton's private email server and potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

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

Conservatives proceeded to cast one of those text messages as the smoking gun in its case against Strzok in particular, and the FBI investigation into Trump, in general: In response to a message from Page expressing horror at the thought of Trump's election, Strzok replied, "We'll stop it".

"The reality is if that was a widespread attitude at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we would be abolishing the Federal Bureau of Investigation", said Issa.


"The suggestion that I and some dark chamber somewhere in the Federal Bureau of Investigation would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards and somehow be able to do this, is astounding to me", said Strzok.

"The only reason we know about it is that these kinds of things were going on on official phones that were discoverable", the congressman added.

Strzok tried to respond, but Gohmert cut him off, insisting that he was not allowed to answer due to hearing rules that the witness could only respond if a representative asked a direct question.

Gohmert said impassionedly as Democrats on the committee yelled, "Mister Chairman, this is outrageous!" and a female member yelled, "You need your medication". We " ll stop it".

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".


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

"I've talked to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents around the country", Gohmert continued, visibly upset. He also briefly served on special counsel Robert Mueller's team, investigating Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

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

Today Lisa Page will be questioned by members of Congress in a closed-door session, having had the benefit of watching Strzok's testimony on Thursday. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton.

"It felt like a public lynching", Dana Perino, a Fox News Host and a former White House press secretary under President George W Bush, said of the Republicans' interrogation of Strzok.


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