Had Damaging Information On Donald Trump, Says FBI Agent Peter Strzok

Had Damaging Information On Donald Trump, Says FBI Agent Peter Strzok

Had Damaging Information On Donald Trump, Says FBI Agent Peter Strzok

"As someone who loves this country and cherishes its ideals, it is profoundly painful to watch and even worse to play a part in".

The two agents disparaged Trump throughout 2016, describing him as an "idiot" and a "menace".

Thursday's hearing, which was the first public appearance Strzok has made since he became a central figure in the Russian Federation investigation, underscored the deep tensions on Capitol Hill over the FBI's investigations connected to the 2016 election.

At one point, Trey Gowdy, chairman of the oversight committee, grew frustrated with Strzok's answers and shouted: "I don't give a damn what you appreciate Agent Strzok".

And Democrats threatened to release the transcript of Strzok's private interview over Goodlatte's objections later on Thursday. Trump didn't do anything wrong, it's just one giant witch hunt! "It is not a hoax".

Court documents reveal Strzok sometimes sent over 100 personal texts a day to Page, many of which expressed bias against President Trump.

Goodlatte said he issued a subpoena to compel Page to talk to lawmakers Wednesday, but her attorney said she would not appear. Meanwhile, Republicans held him up as a symbol of an agency overrun by anti-Trump bias.

Mr Strzok's case has been used by the president and many Republicans to discredit Mueller's investigation on alleged ties between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin.

"We asked the Committee staff to explain the scope of the investigation and provide sufficient notice that would allow her to prepare, which are normal conditions for congressional committees, but these committees have not followed the normal process", Jeffress said in a statement on July 9.


But Republicans lambasted the embattled FBI agent, accusing him of "textbook bias" in his handling of the Clinton and Trump investigations.

"Oh, Agent Strzok, please!"

"They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me anymore than I would tolerate it in them", Strzok said.

Strzok had told Gowdy he was unable to answer a question related to the Russian Federation probe, saying he had been instructed not to comment on matters related to an ongoing investigation. 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.

An argument ensued between Goodlatte and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the committee's ranking member, who contended that Gowdy was putting Strzok in an "impossible position".

Strzok was on the Hill Thursday and answered questions from members of the House Judiciary Committee for more than 10 hours.

Peter Strzok on Thursday testified publicly for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of texts a year ago that were traded with an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Goodlatte suggested that Republicans could open a new avenue to investigate Strzok, noting that the text messages on his personal phone have not been turned over and suggesting similar messages might be found. Strzok responded that he won't provide his personal texts. I do not have bias. Throughout the hearing, Strzok denied that any of his animus toward Trump affected his work, and said lawmakers were taking his words out of context.

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

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