A joint House hearing to question an FBI agent who worked on investigations involving both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton quickly devolved into chaos as Republicans demanded he answer questions about the Russian Federation investigation.
"The top DOJ official, Bruce Ohr, actually hands parts of the dossier to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
"It wasn't the discovery of your texts, Mr. Strzok".
The comments sparked immediate objections from Democrats, who called them outrageous, and Strzok was livid.
He said Monday on "Fox and Friends": "They have to come to grips with the fact that they are investigating an innocent man. ... Page had texted him, "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right?
At one point, Strzok refused to answer questions, citing a directive by Federal Bureau of Investigation attorneys, leading the chairman to threaten him with contempt of Congress.
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During their extramarital affair, Strzok and Page exchanged thousands of text messages to one another on their Federal Bureau of Investigation phones - including numerous anti-Trump comments.
At one point, Goodlatte told Strzok he could only consult with his own lawyer, not an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer. We " ll stop it".
Amid the sound and fury from the insufferable Democrats acting as obstructionists and cheerleaders during disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Thursday, an extremely important revelation was nearly lost in the noise.
He said Republicans were pressing Page about the intent behind the text messages she had exchanged with Strzok, which included many anti-Trump missives, as well as a message in which Strzok had said "we'll stop" Trump. "And they will frame Donald Trump, which is one of the reasons they're trying to set a perjury trap for him". 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.
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 by excessively focusing on Strzok. "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. "But", he said, "the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind". More significant though, is that it also implies something quite ominous.
Page appeared Friday, declining to speak to reporters as she entered the committee spaces, after House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, had threatened to hold her in contempt for defying a subpoena earlier in the week.
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