House Democrats Applaud Peter Strzok’s Speech Defending Himself, FBI Against Bias Charges

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"I don't give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok", Gowdy said.

Gowdy seized on one message that has received particular attention from right-wing media outlets, an August 8, 2016, text in which Strzok, discussing with Page the prospect of a Trump win, says, "No".

In his first public comments since private text messages between Strzok and Page were disclosed, the agent concluded opening remarks with a pointed broadside against his antagonisers.

Strzok: "I don't appreciate what was originally said being changed".

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Strzok said on Thursday that "we" referred to the American people because he believed Trump would not win the election after criticizing families whose relatives have been killed while serving in the USA military.

Strzok acknowledged that while his text message criticism was "blunt", it was not directed at one person or political party and included jabs not only at Trump but also at Clinton as well as Sen.

While GOP lawmakers used the congressional hearing of FBI agent Peter Strzok on Thursday to express their frustration with the ongoing investigation into President Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation, it was a Democratic lawmaker who had the most justified and righteous diatribe of the day.

"I will not, based on direction of the FBI. answer that question, because it goes to matters which are related to the ongoing investigations being undertaken by the special counsel's office", Strzok replied, at a joint hearing of the Judiciary and Oversight committees. He and Page were kicked off the special counsel Robert Mueller's team previous year after Mueller discovered their text messages and he has since been reassigned within the bureau.

In addition to his involvement in the Trump-Russia investigation from its early stages, Mr Strzok was also a key figure in the FBI review of Hillary Clinton's handling of classified material on her personal email server while she was secretary of state.

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"This investigation is not politically motivated", Strzok said.

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

During the course of their affair, they texted about their disdain of Trump and, at times, his supporters on their FBI-issued phones.

He will tell lawmakers in his opening statement that he never allowed his personal opinions to influence his work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

At the end of his monologue, Democrats in the committee chamber applauded. That difficulty aside, Strzok's claim that what he meant in saying "we'll stop it" was that voters won't elect Trump is ludicrous. She noted that all their GOP conspiracy theories about the FBI fail to grapple with one simple reality: Because of the FBI, Trump became president and Hillary Clinton did not. "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 sharp tone of Strzok's statement sets the stage for a contentious hearing following hours of closed-door questioning last week. Goodlatte said he could speak to his personal counsel, but not the FBI's. Jeffress added that Page received word from the Justice Department only "after 11 p.m".

"Here are the officials who have already admitted their guilt".

This prompted Gohmert in turn to raise his voice, turn to Strzok and say, "No, the disgrace is what this man has done to our justice system".

Officials said Friday the committees had reached an agreement to question her behind closed doors on Friday, following an angry back and forth with Page's lawyer Amy Jeffress over what she called "bullying tactics" by the lawmakers.

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