GOP reps threaten maligned Federal Bureau of Investigation agent with contempt in House hearing

Frederick Owens
July 13, 2018

Democrats are interrupting constantly, grandstanding pearl clutching, and engaging in some of the worst hypocrisy in recent memory. A fellow Democrat chimed in: "Are there any rules against what they are doing?" "If you want to represent what you said accurately I am happy to answer that question, but I don't appreciate what was originally said being changed".

The longtime FBI agent helped lead both the Trump campaign and Clinton email investigations at various points in 2016 and was later part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation. However, when Justice Department officials saw texts he exchanged with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair, in which they disparaged Donald Trump, Mueller removed him from the investigation.

Plus, he said, both the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations were handled by large teams that "would not tolerate any improper behavior in me anymore than I would tolerate it in them". Global Positioning System subsequently hired former British spook Christopher Steele to get the information.

"The idea that she was willing to come voluntarily and this is all about document review that she's had the ability to review for seven months - many of which she wrote, by the way - it just does not hold water", Meadows said, complaining that a U.S. Marshal had to deliver Page the subpoena early in the morning. 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. First, it mounted a cautious investigation of what almost everyone now acknowledges was a comprehensive effort by Russian Federation to help Trump get elected, an effort that people on the Trump campaign and even in Donald Trump's own family tried to cooperate with. He was also involved in the Hillary email investigation.

"What does Trump support smell like, Mr. Strzok?" the lawmaker wondered.

Strzok further went on to emphasize that no text he sent would ever influence his conduct in an investigation against the president, and that Republican attempts to undermine the FBI were a "victory notch in Putin's belt". "Certain private messages of mine have provided ammunition for misguided attacks against the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an institution I love deeply and have served proudly for more than 20 years". "Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman, please", one said. "Opinions that were not always expressed in terms I am proud of". "Keeping us independent of our foe, not our competitor, our foe", said the Democrat. As one agent put it at the time, "The FBI is Trumpland".

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Strzok called it "horrible and disgusting behaviour", and said he was stating his opinion the electorate would "stop" a candidate like that. "Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took ..."

Even CNN thought his explanation for the texts was weak sauce.

The two agents disparaged Trump throughout 2016, describing him as an "idiot" and a "menace".

Strzok is testifying publicly on Capitol Hill for the first time since the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that heavily criticized his comments.

Brennan also bemoaned the "grandstanding and politicking" in Congress "at the expense of our national security". "That may be true, but when he says that those texts, quote, 'not indicative of bias, ' that's just flat wrong on its face". It is indicative of bias.

Strzok said Thursday he has continued working with Horowitz and his team to provide information related to the DOJ's 2016 Clinton email and Trump-Russia cases. Gloria's right to note that he remains defiant. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-New Jersey, said, "I have never seen my colleagues so out of control, so angry".

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