At FBI Agent's Hearing, Congressman Shades Republicans Who Also Criticized Trump

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Scorches GOP in Testimony Fit For Aaron Sorkin Script

But the embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation agent challenged that, saying that he was let go because the text messages create the perception of bias, not that he was found to be biased.

Strzok appeared before the House judiciary and oversight committees to face questions, mainly from Republican lawmakers, about text messages he sent during the 2016 presidential campaign to a fellow Federal Bureau of Investigation employee, with whom he was having an affair, expressing his personal distaste for President Donald Trump.

"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.

"Well, hang on a second, Agent Strzok!"

Once special counsel Robert Mueller found out about his text messages he fired him from the Russian Federation investigation.

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"Credibility of a witness is always an issue", Gohmert retorted over the commotion.

Mr Strzok has been widely criticized for a text exchange he had during the electoral campaign with an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer, who asked him if Mr Trump would be president, to which the agent responded: "No, he " s not.

He said in his opening statement that his work has never been tainted by politics and the intense scrutiny he faces represents "just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's belt".

House Democrats accused Republicans of using Strzok to undermine special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation.

This is Strzok responding to Republican lawmakers questioning him about one of the messages.

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"It wasn't the discovery of your texts, Mr. Strzok".

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".

Today Lisa Page will be questioned by members of Congress in a closed-door session, having had the benefit of watching Strzok's testimony on Thursday.

Strzok is testifying publicly on Capitol Hill for the first time since the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that heavily criticized his comments. Strzok's lawyer has said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building as the disciplinary process winds its way through the system.

Page is expected to speak to lawmakers at a private meeting Friday.

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