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Former FBI agent Peter Strzok to lawmakers: Anti-Trump texts didn’t “impact any official action”

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok to lawmakers: Anti-Trump texts didn’t “impact any official action”

"You need to understand that that was written late at night, off the cuff, and it was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero, and my presumption based on that terrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States".

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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.

Page told investigators that she and Strzok were having an affair, according to a Justice Department Inspector General's report about the Clinton email investigation, and that they used their work devices to hide that from their spouses.

Strzok replied that Trump won't.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa made Strzok read some of his texts aloud, including some with profane language.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob W. Goodlatte (R-Va.) cocked an eye at Strzok's claim of neutrality in the probes of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Trump campaign.

"I am stating to you it is not my understanding that he kicked me off because of any bias that it was done based on the appearance", Strzok said.

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.

"Most disturbingly, it has been wildly successful - sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions".

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

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To which Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, responded, "And I don't believe you".

"My presumption, based on that terrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States", Strzok said. "So, I take great offence, and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn't".

"I've talked to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents around the country", Gohmert continued, visibly upset. "It simply couldn't happen".

Strzok was on the Hill Thursday and answered questions from members of the House Judiciary Committee for more than 10 hours.

Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee said he would give Strzok a Purple Heart if he could.

Finally able to defend himself after months of angry criticism from President Donald Trump and Republicans, Strzok was mostly unapologetic.

Gohmert said he was incensed at Strzok and thought he was knowingly lying to lawmakers, which in turn steered his questioning of Strzok toward his personal life.

Gohmert was shouted at when the exchange with Strzok got personal.

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.

Republicans have cited Page's and Strzok's messages as evidence about what they call bias inside federal law enforcement and that conspirators launched the Russian Federation investigation out of partisan animus. Gowdy said, pointing out the pro-Hillary bias among other members of the investigative team who weren't booted from it.

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