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Democratic lawmaker regrets call for 'Purple Heart' for Strzok

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Scorches GOP in Testimony Fit For Aaron Sorkin Script Room erupts in anger and disbelief after Rep. Louie Gohmert asks FBI agent Peter Strzok about affair
Eleanor Moreno | 15 July, 2018, 10:11

Strzok understood this and exploited his opportunity to the hilt while snuggling up to the anti-Trump Democrats embracing him.

The story then quoted a Democratic congressman saying the hearing was "not even meritorious of an investigation by Ace Ventura, pet detective, let alone 75 members of the United States Congress" before informing us again how unflappable Strzok was throughout. Strzok was removed from the special counsel probe after the text messages were discovered a year ago, while Page had already left. In that way, it is much like the rest of the House Republican Russia investigation.

John McCain on Friday praised the Justice Department's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers and called on President Donald Trump to cancel his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin if he is "not prepared to hold Putin accountable". But his affair with Page did not escape scrutiny.

On Thursday, Republicans disputed his contention that he wasn't biased and that his views didn't affect the investigation.

He said he was one of the few people during the 2016 election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that that information could have derailed Trump's election chances.

Page's appearance comes after FBI Agent Peter Strzok testified in a tense public hearing on Thursday. As Catherine Herridge reports, she didn't answer any questions on the way in.

"The fact that you would question whether or not that was the sort of look I would engage within a family member who I have acknowledged hurting goes more to a discussion about your character and what you stand for", Strzok struck back.

Strzok said under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he vowed "we'll stop" a Trump candidacy followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member.

"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.


Gohmert first accused Strzok of lying in previous testimony.

Strzok said "based on that frightful, disgusting behavior", he assumed Trump would not win the election. He was not going incriminate himself at the hearing to set himself up to be charged with obstruction of justice for improperly influencing the investigations of the Trump campaign or the Clinton emails.

"OMG, he's an idiot", Strzok read one. Most of the committees' investigation has so far happened behind closed doors, with lawmakers unable to question witnesses in public.

Although he was subpoenaed, the Post wrote that Strzok voluntarily sought the hearing "in an effort to clear his name, to defend the bureau's political neutrality, making note of the various layers of supervisors and analysts involved in its work. I don't think you'll have any, 'Gee, I didn't, I didn't, you got me, '" he told reporters.

Democrats say the Republicans are creating a sideshow at a time when another opportunity for Russian meddling in elections in right around the corner in November.

To which Republican Representative Ted Poe responded: "And I don't believe you".

The savvy Strzok cleverly outmaneuvered the Republicans on the committees.

"They aren't interested in hearing your context and explanation", Cicilline said.

On the other are Republicans who see anti-Trump text messages Strzok sent to his lover as evidence of alarming bias at the highest levels of government.

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