Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Ex-FBI Lawyer Testifies to House Panels on 2016 Anti-Trump Texts

Ex-FBI Lawyer Testifies to House Panels on 2016 Anti-Trump Texts

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert went after FBI agent Peter Strzok during a televised House committee hearing Thursday for cheating on his wife with colleague Lisa Page druing the investigations into Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

But in defending himself and his agency, Strzok had to weather hours of attacks by Republicans, whose accusations drifted from personal animus toward President Donald Trump to blatant lying and moral misconduct with a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer, Lisa Page. But Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., cut him off and asked him to withdraw the assertion that Strzok had lied.

Strzok played major roles in investigations into both Hillary Clinton's private email server and potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. He added that it was a "situation where we can actually learn what's going on and the witness can actually answer the question". Last year, he was reassigned from Mueller's team after the compromising texts emerged.

'At no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took, ' Strzok said. "But I do believe that he was being attacked because the FBI and the Mueller investigation were under attack".

The Russian intelligence officers were charged with hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign - the latest charges brought in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Gohmert said impassionedly as Democrats on the committee yelled, "Mister Chairman, this is outrageous!" and a female member yelled, "You need your medication".

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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.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of OH pressed Strzok on the origins of the so-called Trump dossier that is part of the investigation.

And in a sign that Republicans are not eager to replay the nasty Strzok hearing, GOP lawmakers signaled Friday that they were unwilling to force Page to testify publicly - despite earlier indications that they would. He said the FBI's Trump investigation originated not out of personal animus but rather from concern that Russia was seeking to meddle in the election, including what he said were credible allegations of a Russian offer of assistance to a Trump campaign associate.

Strzok said "based on that awful, disgusting behavior", he assumed Trump would not win the election.

The Justice Department's "criminal charges provide hard evidence that Russian intel agents attacked America to boost their favorite candidates, undermine others, and influence our elections", Warren declared.

Cameras caught up with her Friday, following her testimony to the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees. Meadows tweeted following the hearing, "Remarkably, we learned new information today suggesting the DOJ had not notified Lisa Page of Congress' outstanding interview requests for over 7 months now".

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