FBI Agent Angrily Rejects Charges of Bias at Chaotic Hearing

FBI Agent Angrily Rejects Charges of Bias at Chaotic Hearing

The hearing was punctuated by chaos and open yelling as Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte said Strzok needed to answer Republicans' questions and suggested they might recess the hearing and hold him in contempt. Democrats objected to Goodlatte's repeated attempts to get Strzok to answer.

Strzok said he was directed by FBI's legal counsel not to answer questions about an ongoing investigation, but Goodlatte demanded that he answer Gowdy's question, prompting a lengthy delay before Strzok asked to speak to the FBI general counsel.

Goodlatte told Strzok he could answer, though Gohmert was visibly displeased.

"Are you kidding me?!" an incredulous Mr. Gowdy fired back. Strzok says he never allowed personal opinions to taint his work.

"Not at all", a defiant Strzok said.

But he denied that his personal political leanings had colored his professional judgment, as Republicans raised doubts about the integrity of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation.

Strzok, whose anti-Trump texts with fellow agent Lisa Page have fueled Trump's "witch hunt" claims, issued a statement ahead of his congressional testimony Thursday about his alleged partisan bias, reported the Associated Press.

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Strzok whose extramarital affair with FBI lawyer Lisa Page has led Trump to dub the pair the "FBI lovers" said there is "no evidence of bias" in his work on the Russian meddling and other politically charged investigations. "We'll stop it", Mr. Strzok replied.

"I understand we are living in a political era in which insults and insinuation often drown out honesty and integrity", Strzok said, continuing: "I have the utmost respect for Congress' oversight role, but I truly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart".

She said the "FBI helped this unfit man become president of the United States" and that Republicans should be "kissing" Strzok in the wake of Trump's election.

"At no time, in any of those texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok told lawmakers.

"Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath", he said.

First, it would be highly unusual in this context to say "we" in referring to the electorate.

"Like many people, I had an expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election", he said. It simply couldn't happen.

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When his speech concluded, Democrats in the room applauded. He described the texts as "hate filled and biased".

"To suggest we can parse down the shorthand like they're some contract for a vehicle is simply not consistent with my or most people's use of text messaging", Strzok said, practically yelling at Gowdy.

What solid evidence did the Federal Bureau of Investigation have that suggested candidate Trump had colluded with the Russians to rig the election? At times they were also critical of Clinton. "But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind", he said.

It is point that has been largely brushed aside in Trump-friendly media circles, with a text Strzok sent to Page in May 2017 also receiving comparatively little scrutiny.

"'My wife Julia and I, we have a 15-year-old daughter, '" Connolly read.

Strzok also worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Jeffress accused the panels of using unnecessary "bullying tactics" to push Page into an interview immediately, especially when "she has offered to voluntarily appear before the committees later this month".

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The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety through the texts.

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