Embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok Defiantly Defends Himself at Heated House Hearing

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At a congressional hearing Thursday, FBI agent Peter Strzok defended himself from attacks from GOP lawmakers that a text he sent in 2016 - in which he said that "we'll stop" then candidate-Donald Trump - proved he was biased in the Russian Federation investigation into Trump's campaign.

'Agent Strzok had Hillary Clinton winning the White House before he finished investigating her, ' said Trey Gowdy, Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The House Judiciary and Oversight committees held a joint public hearing with Strzok on Thursday, following a separate closed-door interview with him as well as a contentious open hearing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Chris Wray two weeks ago.

Ahead of the hearing, Nadler and Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, issued a statement Wednesday knocking the questions Republicans had asked of Strzok in the closed session, including queries on his extramarital affair with Page and his vote in 2016. "Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him".

"We were deeply troubled by text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page that potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations", the Justice Department's inspector general wrote in its June report.

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"If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would". "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".

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Gowdy was repeatedly interrupted through the rest of his questions, while he and Strzok got into a heated exchange. He said the text, written late at night and off-the-cuff, reflected his belief that Americans would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behaviour" by the presidential candidate.

She wondered if it was time to remove the cameras from congressional hearings.

Strzok acknowledged that while his text message criticism was "blunt", it was not directed at one person or political party and included jabs not only at Trump but also at Clinton and Sen. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-New Jersey, said, "I have never seen my colleagues so out of control, so angry". Last year, he was reassigned from Mueller's team after the compromising texts emerged.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will meet with Trump in Helsinki on Monday, has repeatedly denied US intelligence agency conclusions that Moscow interfered in the campaign and tried to help Trump.

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.

Committee members sought to question Strzok about the texts and to determine how, if at all, his anti-Trump bias impacted the investigations.

Page is expected to speak to lawmakers at a private meeting Friday. Guiliani saying that "all the results of the investigation" should "be dismissed" seems to imply that he believes that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's charges against the 13 Russian nationals who are accused of interfering in the 2016 election, should also be dismissed.

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