Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Attacks on FBI a ‘victory’ for President Putin — FBI lover’ agent

Attacks on FBI a ‘victory’ for President Putin — FBI lover’ agent

The House hearing with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok erupted into a shouting match Thursday afternoon after Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert directly asked Strzok about his affair with former Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page.

Gohmert is also accusing Strzok of lying when he expressed his opinion of whether derogatory comments he made about President Donald Trump in text messages showed bias.

It didn't take long for the hearing to explode.

In addition to his involvement in the Trump-Russia investigation from its early stages, Mr Strzok was also a key figure in the FBI review of Hillary Clinton's handling of classified material on her personal email server while she was secretary of state.

Strzok, who was an Army officer before joining the FBI, repeatedly denied acting on his anti-Trump views while he worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and while he worked on the Mueller probe. Strzok said his remarks gave him "a lot of concern". And I said, you know, I'm aware of that. "Based on that, I will not answer that question".

Strzok replied that he was not under subpoena, but testifying voluntarily - and that he could not answer questions "related to the ongoing investigations being undertaken by the special counsel's office". Another moved to adjourn the hearing less than an hour after it began. But the tone was set. Gohmert speculated about whether he looked "so innocent" when he looked into his wife's eyes and lied about the affair.

The FBI agent said the Russian Federation investigation that began in summer 2016 had the power to "derail, and quite possibly, defeat Mr. Trump".

"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. He said the texts reflected purely personal opinions that he never once acted on, though he did acknowledge being dismayed during the campaign by the Republican candidate's behavior. "So, I take great offense, and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn't".

Some Democrats applauded after he finished speaking. They argue that it has been selectively leaked and described to impugn him.

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Officials said Friday the committees had reached an agreement to question her behind closed doors on Friday, following an angry back and forth with Page's lawyer Amy Jeffress over what she called "bullying tactics" by the lawmakers.

"When I tell you that I personally what I believe and what I did, I understand why people may have doubts".

As soon as the questions got underway, the hearing devolved into a partisan verbal brawl as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte struggled to maintain control of the crowded hearing room, which contained more than 70 members between the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. In the latter case, apparently, Republicans don't think it applies.

"At no time, in any of those texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok told lawmakers. New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said, "You need your medication!" "Happy to indulge you". They eventually cost Strzok his place on Robert Mueller's investigative team. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., went the furthest.

I said, I wasn't aware it was to this level and this depth that you're talking about, but I said I'm sad to say that that does not surprise me. "You deserve one. This has been an attack on you in a way to attack Mr. Mueller".

Gohmert's tough words were met with cries from Democrats appearing at the joint House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, with one Democrat shouting the Texas republican needed to take his medication. Gowdy recently asserted that Mueller should "finish it the hell up".

"Let me underscore: These are not allegations, these are admissions, " Cummings said.

Ex-CIA Director John Brennan castigated House Judiciary Committee GOP leaders Reps. Manafort hasn't pleaded guilty like the others, but he is awaiting trial and has been jailed for witness-tampering.

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