Published: Sat, July 14, 2018

Rep. Gohmert's comments about Strzok's infidelity prompt charges of hypocrisy against GOP

Rep. Gohmert's comments about Strzok's infidelity prompt charges of hypocrisy against GOP

Laura Ingraham took Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) to task Thursday night over his heated exchange with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok.

Republican lawmakers grilled Strzok on Capitol Hill Thursday.

In the prepared remarks, Strzok acknowledges that while his text message criticism was "blunt", it was not directed at one person or political party, and included jabs not only at Trump, but also at Clinton as well as Sen.

"The fact that you would accuse me otherwise - the fact that you would question whether or not that was the sort of look I would engage with in a family member who I have acknowledged hurting - goes more to a discussion about your character and what you stand for and what is going inside you". Both Strzok and Page were booted from Mueller's investigation past year after he discovered their texts.

"I don't appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016", Gowdy said. "And I've talked to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents around the country". Gowdy said, pointing out the pro-Hillary bias among other members of the investigative team who weren't booted from it.

Goodlatte disagreed and took issue with Strzok refusing to answer question about the 2016 presidential election and his work on the Special Counsel. Democrats responded with a call to bring back before the committee former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who was not forced to answer certain questions.

"To suggest we can parse down the shorthand like they're some contract for a vehicle is simply not consistent with my or most people's use of text messaging", Strzok said, practically yelling at Gowdy.

"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.

"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".

And that was after Gohmert accused him of lying under oath during their closed-door hearing.

The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton.

Page left the bureau in May.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page has been praised for her "cooperative" performance at a closed door congressional hearing on Friday, as some Republicans say her testimony confirmed their suspicions of bias.

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