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Attacks on FBI a ‘victory’ for President Putin — FBI lover’ agent

13 July 2018

He was removed from the investigation in 2017 after those text messages with fellow FBI employee Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, were discovered.

"This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax", Strzok said in a statement to be delivered at the hearing. "As someone who loves this country and cherishes its ideals, it is profoundly painful to watch and even worse to play a part in". Your losers-and there were some at the Department of Justice and the FBI who behaved appallingly in their investigations into Clinton's email probe and the Russian Federation counterintelligence investigation that is now being headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump has repeatedly belittled Strzok publicly. "It is not a hoax".

Republicans have seized on Strzok and Page's tens of thousands of text messages over 2015-2017 - when both were involved in the Russian Federation investigation - as proof that the FBI is too riddled with bias to fairly investigate Trump.

He says that he was one of the few people during the 2016 election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that that information could have derailed Trump's election chances.

Strzok wound up where he begun, with a condemnation of the partisan attacks on the Justice Department and FBI he said had been corrosive of Americans' trust in federal law enforcement.

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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.

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In his opening statement to the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, Strzok condemned the Republican Party for its characterization of his private messages as evidence that his agency was biased against President Donald Trump, and for holding a hearing that he said amounted to "another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart".

"Well hang on a second Agent Strzok!"

Gowdy sparred with Strzok in a combative line of questioning that led to an extended argument between leaders of the committee during the public hearing.

Democrats immediately challenged Goodlatte, accusing him of treating Strzok unfairly and seeking unsuccessfully to adjourn the hearing.

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Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte, who heads the House Judiciary Committee, threatened to hold Strzok in contempt at the end of the hearing if he did not answer Gowdy's question. Strzok told the Committee that FBI attorneys instructed him not to answer any questions about the ongoing investigation. But Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., cut him off and asked him to withdraw the assertion that Strzok had lied.

Gohmert first accused Strzok of lying in previous testimony.

And by the way, where are the pro-Trump texts?

"It would be his candidacy for the presidency", Strzok said. "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".

In his most direct defense of the controversial texts, Strzok said he had written them "off-the-cuff" and that it was important to view them in the context of the heated election in 2016, during which Trump engaged in numerous outrageous, racially-charged feuds - including with the family of Muslim U.S. Army captain who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

But when they returned from recess, Mr. Gowdy again asked Mr. Strzok how many witnesses he interviewed before concluding Mr. Trump's impeachment.

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"At no time, in any of those texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok told lawmakers.

Attacks on FBI a ‘victory’ for President Putin — FBI lover’ agent