FBI Agent: 'Disgusting' Comments On Gold Star Family Inspired Anti-Trump Texts
12 July, 2018, 21:20 | Author: Myra Gill
An FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages fueled suspicions of partisan bias said at a bitterly contentious and occasionally chaotic hearing in Congress on Thursday that his work has never been tainted by politics, angrily rejecting Republican allegations that he set out to stop Donald Trump from becoming president.
Strzok also worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
"The Judiciary Committee intends to initiate contempt proceedings on Friday, July 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.", Goodlatte and Gowdy wrote in their letter to Amy Jeffress, who is representing Page.
Still, Strzok tried to provide context to the text.
"I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, at no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", he added.
In his opening remarks, Strzok defended Mueller's work and emphasized the threat of Russian election interference, clearly referencing the president in saying, "This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax".
"They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me any more than I would tolerate it in them", Strzrok continued. It simply couldn't happen.
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. AP Photo/Evan Vucci On Thursday, Goodlatte said Strzok and others within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ "turned [the justice system] on its head, and that's why we're here today".
On Thursday, Gowdy pressed Strzok to answer what "it" meant. Furthermore, this isn't just me sitting here telling you. "What and who did you mean by 'it?"
Gowdy shot back: "I don't care when it was written".
"Not at all", a defiant Strzok said. I don't care whether it was long hand, cursive.
In response, Sen. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) snapped, "Mr. Strzok, you are under subpoena and are required to answer the question".
Strzok also said he was one of the few people during the 2016 US election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that information could have derailed Trump's election chances.
The exchange only became more heated from there.
He called the text messages "only small pieces of a larger puzzle".
So today we saw, for instance, Rep. Trey Gowdy badgering Strzok about the meaning of individual words in his late-night text messages to his girlfriend, using Gowdy's patented prosecutorial technique of shouting a question at a witness, and then when the witness begins to answer, interrupting and shouting a different question at a louder volume.
Democrats loudly objected to Goodlatte's attempts to force Strzok to answer Gowdy's first question about how many witnesses were interviewed in the opening days of Russian Federation probe. I do not have bias.
"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.
"Well hang on a second Agent Strzok! There are 13 Democrats on the special counsel probe, including one who went to what he hoped was a victory party!" "The record shows otherwise", Jeffress said in the statement, stressing that Page had already cooperated with the inspector general's probe and one other congressional panel.
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