Jimmy Kimmel Watches 'Republicans Lose Their Minds' At House Hearing

Blanche Robertson
July 14, 2018

House Republican leaders threatened to hold former FBI lawyer Lisa Page in contempt of Congress unless she agrees to testify by Friday morning about her role in the bureau's probes into Hillary Clinton's emails and President Donald Trump's suspected Russian Federation ties.

The interview will also be transcribed, too, according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Ohio.

Reps. Elijah E. Cummings and Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrats on the House oversight and judiciary committees, said under House rules the minority party is allowed to demand a witness of their own.

The Democrats repeatedly called the hearing a farce created to undermine Mueller, protect Trump and sway public opinion against the Federal Bureau of Investigation as it investigates Trump's campaign and whether he obstructed justice.

Controversial FBI agent Peter Strzok said on Thursday that he had damaging information on US President Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential election that may have derailed his campaign.

"Peter Strzok's testimony was a disgrace", Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for the president, said on Twitter. "If you want to represent what you said accurately I am happy to answer that question, but I don't appreciate what was originally said being changed".

Their messages were critical of then-candidate Trump. "Aw, Mr. Chairman, this is outrageous", one Democrat complained.

They often interrupted Strzok and one another.

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"My presumption [was] 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 explained.

Strzok punctuated his testimony with smug expressions and taunting challenges to Republicans from two different House committees.

Strzok said on Thursday that the "we" in the text referred to the American people because he believed Trump would not win the election after criticizing families whose relatives had been killed while serving in the USA military.

Democrats, however, agreed with the sentiment expressed by their colleague, California congressman Ted Lieu: "Let me start by saying, this is a stupid and ridiculous hearing". Multiple GOP lawmakers, including Goodlatte and Gowdy, pointed out that Page has known for more than six months that the committees wanted to interview her; they also argued that she had all the information she needed for an unclassified interview far earlier in the day Tuesday than her lawyer claimed.

Strzok also said he was one of the few people during the 2016 US election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that information could have derailed Trump's election chances.

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. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton.

FBI Director Chris Wray says employees who were singled out for criticism in the report have been referred to internal disciplinary officials. Page will attend a closed-door interview on Friday with the committees.

Cuomo broke out his whiteboard to detail why he thinks House Republicans failed to make their case against Strzok and their ultimate target, Mueller.

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