Hearing a 'victory notch in Putin's belt': Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in Russian Federation probe

Blanche Robertson
July 14, 2018

Two Republican congressmen, Reps.

Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who led the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and previously worked on the investigation into links between the Russian government and President Donald Trump's campaign, was testifying before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

Gohmert told Brian Kilmeade on Fox News that he regretted that his outburst and insult against Strzok were overshadowing the very important information he had gathered during the hearing.

"There is significant new info she has provided", Meadows said, adding that he wouldn't discuss details unless transcripts of the interviews were released.

The last part of comment, referencing the extramarital affair between Strzok and Page, prompted jeers from others on the committee, including one person who could be heard saying, "This is outrageous". "Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him". "If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would", said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN). "That is bias. Agent Strzok may not see it but the rest of the country does, and it is not what we want, expect or deserve from any law enforcement officer much less the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

During the daylong meeting, Strzok sparred with Republicans, who lashed out at him in often sharply personal exchanges.

"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. "Republican senator Ben Sasse wrote that email".

Democrats said it was notable how much more subdued Friday's interview was compared with the charged environment during Thursday's public hearing with Strzok.

Republican lawmakers say former Federal Bureau of Investigation layer Lisa Page provided new information and was cooperative during closed-door testimony.

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She is scheduled to return for additional questioning Monday.

"I didn't agree with her characterization of every text message and every piece of evidence, but we did not see the smug attitude from Lisa Page that we saw from Peter Strzok", said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) as he left the hearing.

"You need to understand that that was written late at night, off the cuff, and it was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero", Strzok said.

But there were "no calls for medication today", Krishnamoorthi said.

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.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the congressional focus on the "internal workings of the special counsel's investigation" distracts from more critical questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the need to protect future US elections from foreign influence. Strzok was pulled off the Mueller investigation a year ago after the Justice Department's internal watchdog made the special prosecutor aware of the texts.

The partisan bickering and speeches disguised as questions brought little honor to either the House Oversight or Judiciary committees in Thursday's three-ring circus masquerading as a hearing.

"And this is a foreign entity, not related to Russian Federation in the least!"

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