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Leroy Wright
July 13, 2018

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., took his five minutes to force Strzok to read some of his own texts - including ones that used vulgarities.

Gowdy has repeatedly slammed Strzok and other top FBI officials for being politically biased against Trump, and suggested that Strzok allowed bias to affect decisions he made in the FBI's Russian Federation probe and the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. "But that was a year and a half too late". He described the texts as "hate filled and biased".

At the heart of GOP lawmakers' complaints are a series of texts from August 8, 2016, between Strzok and his alleged mistress, Department of Justice lawyer Lisa Page, in which Strzok wrote to Page, "We'll stop" a Trump presidency.

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.

Strzok said he didn't have to answer the question because, despite being subpoenaed by the committee, he had previously said he would speak voluntarily. "Furthermore, this isn't just me sitting here telling you, you don't have to take my word for it", Strzok said in a lengthy statement that ended with applause from Democrats.

Strzok repeatedly refused to answer, citing the FBI's counsel's instructions not to answer questions related to the special counsel investigation.

Strzok said the "we'll stop it" remark was in response to Trump's remarks to gold star parent Khizr Khan. Jerry Nadler of NY.

"The gentleman is not recognized", Goodlatte said again.

"And the chairman is not being proper", Nadler shot back.

Congress' remedy, if it wants Strzok to answer the question, is to persuade the Justice Department that it's entitled to an answer. The texts were sent shortly after Mr. Strzok joined the Mueller team as a lead investigator.

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"Here's the good news, I already know the answer to it", Gowdy said, stating that he had viewed the file showing that Strzok had not interviewed anyone yet during that time.

"I understand his point is, 'Well, that bias didn't infiltrate into my work, into my conduct in the professional capacity, ' but you can understand why, when you look at the language of those texts, that it's very easy to point to a bias that this F.B.I. agent was expressing", Chalian continued.

Strzok noted that there are numerous procedures and guidelines in place at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop such instances of agents who are acting in any way other than an official capacity.

Strzok insisted under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he said "we'll stop" a Trump presidency followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member.

"My presumption, based on that awful, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States", Strzok said.

"Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took", Strzok told the committees.

Strzok, who is testifying on Capitol Hill under subpoena, was faced with several heated exchanges during the day's questioning.

Gesturing toward her Republican colleagues, she said, "They should be applauding you, kissing you, and giving you all awards because but for you, we would have had a legitimate president".

Chairman Goodlatte made the announcement during an interview Thursday, saying the details are still being worked out. Page will attend a closed-door interview on Friday with the committees. It also requires nude public performances to end at twelve o'clock midnight.

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