FBI agent defiant as Republicans claim bias in Trump investigation

“I’ve never seen a president say anything as strange and counterproductive as President Trump’s harangue against NATO and Germany,” John Kerry wrote. “It was disgraceful destructive and flies in the face of the actual interests of the United S

Ultimately Strzok responded to a question from Gowdy about the early portion of the Russian Federation investigation by defending his own work and the work of the FBI.

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.

Then when Strzok refused to answer questions, Gowdy went after him again and destroyed him with evidence.written by Strzok himself. Gohmert took the questioning to a whole new level in pointing out that Strzok was having an extramarital affair with Page.

After the commotion died down, Gohmert used the remainder of his time to ask Strzok if he had spoken to Clinton more than once and to remark, incredulously, "So after throwing away what you have, with all the bias you have, you've never even gotten a thank you".

"Only with your own counsel", Goodlatte responded. Jerry Nadler of NY.

"If you were kicked off when he read the texts, shouldn't you have been kicked off when you wrote them?"

But Republicans eager to undermine Mueller's investigation berated Strzok, holding up the texts as evidence of partisan bias within a law enforcement agency meant to steer clear of political considerations.

"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", Strzok continued, adding that he took "great offense" with Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy's assertions about the texts.

The ICIG has not publicly disclosed the findings Gohmert described in the meeting between Rucker and Strzok, but the congressman said the watchdog can document them. In the text, Page says Trump is "not ever going to become president, right?"

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He said the late-night, off-the-cuff text reflected his belief that Americans would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behaviour" by the presidential candidate.

Although Strzok has said through his lawyer that he was eager to tell his side of the story, he made clear his exasperation at being the focal point of a congressional hearing at a time when Russian election interference has been successfully "sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions".

After she did not appear on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan that "congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional", warning Page that the House could move to hold her in contempt if she did not comply. Page will attend a closed-door interview on Friday with the committees.

Earlier this week, Page's attorney Amy Jeffress suggested her client needed more time to prepare for an interview with lawmakers.

Strzok is attending the public hearing after he was also subpoenaed last week.

On Thursday, Strzok had his day in the hot seat before the House judiciary and oversight committees ― whom Kimmel called "bozos in the House" and a "collection of clowns".

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

What he referred to as a "parliamentary smackdown" and the "Thunder Dome" in the Capitol Dome, Colbert began explaining to his audience how Strzok's anti-Trump tweets were being scrutinized by GOP lawmakers.

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