Shouting, Insults As FBI Agent Faces Angry Republicans

15 July, 2018, 09:58 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Room erupts in anger and disbelief after Rep. Louie Gohmert asks FBI agent Peter Strzok about affair

While refusing to provide details, Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, and other lawmakers said Page was more forthcoming than had been Strzok, who on Thursday refused during a long, rancorous public hearing to answer some questions.

The lengthy hearing quickly descended into a partisan shouting match, as Republicans and Democrats interrupted each other's questions, heckling or applauding Strzok.

Once special counsel Robert Mueller found out about his text messages he fired him from the Russian Federation investigation. He served as a top Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence official and participated in both special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign officials and Russian Federation and the probe into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official business as secretary of state.

Peter Strzok testified publicly for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of the texts a year ago.

He insisted he wasn't lying when he said he never let his personal political biases impact his work, even though after he promised "we" would stop Trump from becoming president, and Trump was elected, he was talking about impeachment within a day.

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.

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"The fact that you would question whether or not that was the sort of look I would engage within a family member who I have acknowledged hurting goes more to a discussion about your character and what you stand for", Strzok struck back.

"Mr. Gowdy, my understanding of why I was kicked off was that based on an understanding of those texts, and the perception that they might create-" Strzok said.

One of those agents was Peter Strzok, the man who "oversaw the opening of the Russian Federation investigation".

"We must speak with one voice in making clear to Vladimir Putin: 'We will not allow you to interfere in our democratic processes or those of our allies, '" Sanders wrote in a tweet on Friday.

"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". He said the communications with an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election reflected purely personal opinions that he never once acted on, though he did acknowledge being dismayed during the campaign by the Republican candidate's behaviour. But despite the generally complimentary mood toward Page, Republicans weren't feeling any warmer toward Strzok. Strzok has since been reassigned within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Strzok's lawyer said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building last month as the disciplinary process proceeds. Her lawyer said Page had offered to voluntarily appear before the committees later this month but needed more clarification about what the lawmakers would be asking.

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