Offbeat Partisan shouting match erupts at FBI agent Peter Strzok hearing

19:17  12 july  2018
19:17  12 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts apologized, say Democrats

  FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts apologized, say Democrats Strzok told a closed-door House meeting last week that he was sorry for the texts and was not driven by bias.WASHINGTON — The FBI agent who worked on separate investigations of Donald Trump's campaign and Hillary Clinton's use of private email said that he is sorry he sent inflammatory tests about Trump, according to two Democratic sources who heard last week's closed-door House testimony by the agent.

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Strzok erupted after more than 10 minutes of badgering by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) about his political biases against Trump — who the FBI agent ripped as an objectively unsuitable choice to lead the Watch the House’s Peter Strzok hearing descend into chaos after Trey Gowdy’s very first question.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte threatened to hold FBI agent Peter Strzok in contempt Thursday after the committee devolved into a partisan brawl over whether Strzok could answer questions about the Russia investigation.

Democrats loudly objected to Goodlatte's attempts to force Strzok to answer the first question House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy asked at the hearing about how many witnesses were interviewed in the opening days of the investigation into possible collusion between Russian officials and Donald Trump's campaign team.

FBI's Strzok Subpoenaed by House GOP for Public Hearing July 10

  FBI's Strzok Subpoenaed by House GOP for Public Hearing July 10 FBI agent Peter Strzok, a central target of allegations by President Donald Trump and his allies of investigative bias and misconduct, has been subpoenaed to testify publicly on July 10 before two House committees. The subpoena issued Tuesday by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia comes a week after Strzok was interviewed behind closed doors by that committee and members and staff of the Oversight and Government Reform panel.There was no immediate comment from the lawyer for Strzok, whose anti-Trump text exchanges in 2016 fed Republican allegations of bias in the FBI.

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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.

"Only with your own counsel," Goodlatte responded.

"Mr. Chairman, there's no basis for that," the top Judiciary Democrat, Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, protested. "He can consult with the FBI counsel, he's an FBI employee."

"The gentleman is not recognized," Goodlatte responded.

"And the chairman is not being proper," Nadler shot back.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok testifies before the House Committees on Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform joint hearing on © REUTERS/Leah Millis FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok testifies before the House Committees on Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform joint hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election" in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, U.S., July 12, 2018. Gowdy's questioning of Strzok, which was frequently interrupted by Democrats, kicked off one of the most contentious hearings related to the Russia investigation, as Strzok had the first chance to publicly give his side of the story under the bright camera lights two weeks after he testified behind closed doors for 11 hours.

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  Peter Strzok agrees to testify before Congress next week The former FBI agent had been subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The FBI's Peter Strzok has agreed to go before on Thursday, according to his attorney, Aitan Goelman. Strzok's agreement is in response to a subpoena requiring his appearance, after he already appeared for a behind-closed-doors meeting on Capitol Hill.

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"Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending our nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took," Strzok said in his opening statement, adding later, that the "fact is, after months of investigations, there is simply no evidence of bias in my professional actions."

Thursday's hearing is one of the most contentious in Congress so far tied to the Russia investigation, as Republicans will get the chance to grill one of the key FBI officials they have accused of misconduct.

"The moment special counsel Bob Mueller found out about Peter Strzok's text and emails he kicked him off of the investigation," Gowdy said. "But that was a year and a half too late. The text and emails may have been discovered in May of 2017 but the bias existed and was manifest a year and a half before that. All the way back to late 2015 and early 2016. So it wasn't the discovery of texts that got him fired, it was the bias manifest in those texts that made him unfit to objectively and dispassionately investigate."

Democratic lawmaker says Peter Strzok deserves Purple Heart for enduring hearing

  Democratic lawmaker says Peter Strzok deserves Purple Heart for enduring hearing Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., told FBI official Peter Strzok Thursday that he deserves a Purple Heart for sitting through a public hearing that frequently veered off track and degenerated into shouting matches more than once. "Mr. Strzok, I don't know where to start," Cohen said as he began his allotted five minutes. "If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would. You deserve one."Cohen went on to describe the hearing as "an attack on you and a way to attack [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller and the investigation that is to get at Russian collusion involved in our elections, which is what this committee should be looking at.

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Strzok vigorously defend himself from the start of the hearing.

"In the summer of 2016, I was one of a handful of people who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with members of the Trump campaign," Strzok said in his opening remarks. "This information had the potential to derail, and quite possibly, defeat Mr. Trump. But the thought of expressing that or exposing that information never crossed my mind."

President Donald Trump and his conservative allies have pointed to dozens of text messages he exchanged with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page slamming Trump to argue that special counsel Robert Mueller's probe is biased and compromised. The two were briefly on Mueller's team last summer.

Trump has tweeted about Strzok by name more than 15 times.

"Ex-FBI LAYER (sic) Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!" the President tweeted Wednesday. "Wow, but is anybody really surprised! Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"

Louie Gohmert asks Peter Strzok about his wife and Lisa Page affair

  Louie Gohmert asks Peter Strzok about his wife and Lisa Page affair The hearing with FBI agent Peter Strzok erupted into a shouting match Thursday after Rep. Louie Gohmert asked Strzok about his affair with former FBI attorney Lisa Page. As Gohmert went through his speaking time at a hearing on Thursday with the agent accused of anti-Trump bias, the Texas Republican sparred with another lawmaker, who called his statements a "disgrace."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.""There is the disgrace," Gohmert said.

President Donald Trump said during an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Thursday that Peter Strzok , the FBI counterintelligence agent who was ousted from special counsel Robert Mueller's team last July, committed treason.

First, that Brennan positioned FBI Agent Peter Strzok as the contact between the CIA analysis and the information flow to FBI Director James Comey If Mueller was actually hired to investigate the swamp, wouldn’t he want only non- partisan people on the team?

According to a draft of Strzok's statement he plans to fire back: "This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax."

"(T)he honest truth is that Russian interference in our elections constitutes a grave attack on our democracy. Most disturbingly, it has been wildly successful -- sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions," reads his draft statement. "I have the utmost respect for Congress's 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."

For a brief moment, lawmakers floated the idea of Strzok having some company when he appears Thursday -- as the committee offered Page a spot to testify at Thursday's hearing.

Page was subpoenaed to appear for a closed-door interview on Wednesday but defied the subpoena, saying she had not been given sufficient time to review the materials related to her testimony.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the Virginia Republican who issued the subpoena, had threatened to begin contempt proceedings but told Alisyn Camerota on CNN's "New Day" Thursday morning that Page had agreed to an interview Friday. Nadler said Page was not expected to attend Thursday's public hearing.

Giuliani says Mueller probe results should be dismissed after Strzok testimony

  Giuliani says Mueller probe results should be dismissed after Strzok testimony President Trump’s lawyer said the FBI agent’s appearance at a congressional hearing showed “pathological hatred” for his client.“Peter Strzok’s testimony was a disgrace,” Giuliani wrote in an early morning tweet. “It taints the entire Mueller witchunt. President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him. All the results of the investigation are ‘fruit of the poison tree’ and should be dismissed.

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FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok is due back in Congress on Thursday for a public hearing before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption.

Her attorney confirmed to CNN she will be interviewed on Friday.

Strzok is attending the public hearing after he was also subpoenaed last week. His lawyer has argued that the public hearing is an attempt by Republicans to "trap" Strzok, and they have urged the committee's Republicans to release the transcript of his closed-door interview.

Democratic sources say Strzok came off as a credible witness during the interview and he was successful at rebutting the Republican attacks on him.

Ahead of the hearing, Nadler and Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, issued a statement Wednesday knocking the questions Republicans had asked of Strzok in the closed session, including queries on his extramarital affair with Page and his vote in 2016.

"This investigation is a political charade -- a platform to elevate far-right conspiracy theories and undermine the special counsel's ongoing criminal investigation of the President and his campaign aides," Nadler and Cummings said.

But Democrats face their own hurdles with Thursday's hearing, as they will be put in the position of defending Strzok.

While they took the same mantle defending the FBI and Justice Department when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein faced off with House Republicans at a hearing last month, Strzok's text messages will be more difficult to defend, and he was faulted by the Justice Department inspector general for his political bias.

A likely tactic will be for Democrats to also fault Strzok for his anti-Trump missives, while pointing to the inspector general report's finding that political bias did not affect the prosecutorial decisions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

This story has been updated and will continue to update during Thursday's hearing with additional developments.

CNN's Manu Raju, David Shortell and David Siegel contributed to this report.

Trumps blasts FBI Agent Strzok as 'disgrace to our country' .
President Trump called FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s testimony on Capitol Hill last week over the investigation of Russian interference in the election a “disgrace to our country.”“I thought it was an absolute disgrace,” Trump said during an interview on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “Where he wants to do things against me before I was even, I guess before I was even the candidate. It was a disgrace. And then he lied about it.

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