Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Democrats Literally Cheer on FBI's Peter Strzok During His Testimony - Katie Pavlich

Democrats Literally Cheer on FBI's Peter Strzok During His Testimony - Katie Pavlich

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 past year even though FBI agents are not prohibited from privately expressing political views.

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

To Democrats deriding the committees for their investigation into allegations of bias at the FBI, Goodlatte said "the American people hope you will understand that this investigation goes to the very heart of our system of justice, one that is supposed to be fair and treat everyone equally under the law".

Strzok had sent Page a link to an article on Trump's criticism of the Khans, adding "F Trump".

"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.

But Republicans lambasted the embattled FBI agent, accusing him of "textbook bias" in his handling of the Clinton and Trump investigations.

Meanwhile, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte told Strzok he will be recalled after the hearing and considered for contempt charges.

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.

FBI agent Peter Strzok gave a fiery speech explaining why he considered Donald Trump an unacceptable candidate for president - and denounced Republican efforts to discredit the Russian Federation investigation. "If you want to represent what you said accurately, I'm happy to answer that question, but I don't appreciate what was originally said being changed".


But, he added in a raised voice and emphatic tone, "It was in no way - unequivocally - any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate".

The FBI official said his "stop it" text was written late at night and off the cuff.

Goodlatte told Alisyn Camerota on CNN's "New Day" Thursday morning that Page had agreed to an interview Friday.

Strzok is testifying publicly on Capitol Hill for the first time since the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that heavily criticized his comments.

Gowdy sparred with Strzok in a combative line of questioning that led to an extended argument between leaders of the committee during the public hearing.

"Like many people, I had and expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election", Strzok said.

But Goodlatte pushed back at the top of the hearing, defending his committee's investigation.

"You have not stated a valid, legal basis for not responding to a question directed to you by a member of the United States House of Representatives", the chairman said, threatening to hold Strzok in contempt.

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