FBI agent Peter Strzok say political bias did not impact investigations

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Republican members of the committee were expected to grill Strzok for hours as they argue that the text messages with Lisa Page coloured the outcome of the Clinton email investigation and undercut the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.

Strzok shot back, saying the question revealed more about Gohmert's character than his own.

In perhaps the most dramatic outburst, congressman Louie Gohmert raised the agent's extramarital affair: "I can't help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk - how many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page?". But Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., cut him off and asked him to withdraw the assertion that Strzok had lied.

Unfortunately, due to the apparent angle of the broadcast Krassenstein was viewing, as well as an unfamiliarity with members of Congress, he misidentified Gohmert as Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat, who made sure to set the record straight. He told Gohmert the fact that he would say that to him "shows more what you stand for" than anything else.

"He's a liar. I mean he is a good liar", Kallstrom said of Strzok during an interview on "The Evening Edit" on Thursday.

The partisan fighting began from the very first question of the day, which prompted Goodlatte to threaten holding Strzok in contempt amid Democratic protests over whether Strzok could answer questions about the Russian Federation investigation.

One of the recent hobgoblins of the right is that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had (has?) an explicit anti-Trump bias, and that this has corrupted them ideologically and led to partisan efforts to undermine the president. Strzok says he never allowed personal opinions to taint his work.

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Police declared a major incident on Wednesday after Sturgess and then Rowley collapsed last Saturday. The Metropolitan Police said that they were not aware of any officer having been hospitalised.

"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.

Strzok's statement also denied that political considerations have ever affected his official acts as an investigator. He said the text, written late at night and off-the-cuff, reflected his belief that the American public would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behavior" by the Republican presidential candidate.

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.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the congressional focus on the "internal workings of the special counsel's investigation" distracts from more critical questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the need to protect future USA elections from foreign influence.

The hearing immediately got off to a contentious start Thursday, with Republicans slamming Strzok and Democrats warning their colleagues not to interfere with Mueller's investigation.

The hearing exposed clear partisan divides in the House judiciary and oversight committees, as Democrats accused Republicans of trying to divert attention from Trump's ties to Russian Federation through an excessive focus on Strzok.

The comments sparked immediate objections from Democrats, who called them outrageous, and Strzok was livid. So much corruption on the other side.

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