Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok denies bias at hearing full of fireworks

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2018

"Lisa Page has finally agreed to appear before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees for a transcribed interview tomorrow", Judiciary Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteEx-FBI lawyer Page working on new meeting time with GOP lawmakers: attorney The Hill's Morning Report - Dems attack, but know they don't have the votes on Kavanaugh Ex-FBI lawyer won't attend interview with House lawmakers: attorney MORE (R-Va.) said in a statement, calling the slated hearing "long overdue". "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".

"But let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took", he said.

The President and his allies have cited the texts between Strzok and former Federal Bureau of Investigation agaent Lisa Page as evidence that Mueller's probe is biased against the President, and Trump tweeted about Strzok multiple times in the leadup to Thursday's hearing.

The FBI agent said the Russian Federation investigation that began in summer 2016 had the power to "derail, and quite possibly, defeat Mr. Trump".

"Mr. Gowdy, my understanding of why I was kicked off was that based on an understanding of those texts, and the perception that they might create-" Strzok responded.

"To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, please replace President Trump's name with your own name in a small sample of things Mr. Strzok has said", he said.

The "we'll stop it" text is considered Strzok's most controversial text message to have surfaced.

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In the prepared remarks, Strzok acknowledges 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.

Peter Strzok said he had information with "the potential to derail and quite possibly defeat" Trump but said the "thought of expressing that or exposing that information never crossed his mind". "No he's not. We'll stop it".

"Right?!" Page texted Strzok.

He also accused Republican congressmen of being a pawn of Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying that he "strongly believes that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart".

You don't have to like Peter Strzok, or James Comey, or Robert Mueller, or anyone else involved in these various investigations. In it, Strzok describes his reluctance to work on behalf of the special counsel, and that seemed to imply he didn't think there would be substantial findings of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign team.

He insisted under aggressive questioning that an August 2016 text in which he said "We'll stop" a Trump presidency followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member.

The contentious hearing follows hours of closed-door questioning last week. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton. "Furthermore, this isn't just me sitting here telling you, you don't have to take my word for it", Strzok said in a lengthy statement that ended with applause from Democrats.

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