'Unprecedented Level of Animus!' Strzok Gets His Smackdown for Anti-Trump Bias

Larry Hoffman
July 15, 2018

After a contentious exchange between Democrats and Republicans during a House Judiciary and Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte informed FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok he will be recalled later today and voted in contempt. The 2008 Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly challenged Mueller's appointment and claimed no collusion took place between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, while personally attacking Mueller and any findings of his probe.

Strzok was a lead agent in both the Russian Federation probe and the investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state. Strzok steadfastly maintained that he exhibited no bias in his capacities as a top FBI investigator.

Strzok said under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he vowed "we'll stop" a Trump candidacy followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member.

A House hearing about Federal Bureau of Investigation bias during the 2016 election erupted into chaos Thursday when Rep.

At one point, Strzok said he didn't appreciate an assertion from Gowdy, who retorted, "I don't give a damn what you appreciate".

"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 said.

Democrats pounced on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's indictment of a dozen Russian military officers for their efforts to interfere in the 2016 US election, with some saying Monday's Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit should be canceled.

Republican arguments presumed that Strzok's opinions were tantamount to corrupt behavior.

But, he added in a raised voice and emphatic tone, "It was in no way - unequivocally - any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate". "Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him".

At one point, Goodlatte told Strzok he could only consult with his own lawyer, not an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer. Both Strzok and Page were booted from Mueller's investigation previous year after he discovered their texts. "But", he said, "the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind". But despite the generally complimentary mood toward Page, Republicans weren't feeling any warmer toward Strzok.

"Under oath, as I spoke also during my interview to you a week or two ago, I have always told the truth", Strzok began. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton. Strzok's testimony, under oath, is that Bruce Ohr provided information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that included material compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele - the Russian dossier.

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