Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Watch Peter Strzok Claim His Anti-Trump Texts Were Unbiased

Watch Peter Strzok Claim His Anti-Trump Texts Were Unbiased

Strzok worked on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to the Trump campaign, until he was removed from Mueller's team past year.

"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.

"In terms of the texts - "We will stop it" - you need to understand that was written late at night, off-the-cuff, and in response it to a series of events that included candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero", he said, his voice rising as he was being grilled by Rep. Trey Gowdy.

Mueller reassigned Strzok after the Justice Department discovered highly political text messages that he sent Page during the 2016 election cycle.

"I have the utmost respect for Congress's oversight role, but I truly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart", Strzok will say, according to the remarks.

But the embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation agent challenged that, saying that he was let go because the text messages create the perception of bias, not that he was found to be biased.

Strzok said he could not answer a question about the early stages of the FBI investigation into Russian intervention because the probe is still ongoing and FBI counsel had instructed him not to.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers openly yelled at one another as the chair of the House's judiciary committee, Republican Robert Goodlatte of Virginia said Peter Strzok needed to answer questions and suggested they might recess the hearing and hold him in contempt.

The FBI agent who exchanged anti-Trump texts including a missive that "we'll stop" his election and discussed an "insurance policy" against a Trump presidency, denied doing anything wrong professionally before a hearing called by Republican lawmakers who argue that his bias irrevocably tainted the agency's Russian Federation investigation.

At one point, when he was finally allowed to give a complete answer to a question, Strzok somewhat angrily explained why not only didn't he do anything to unfairly twist the investigation into Russian meddling, he couldn't have even if he wanted to.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear on Capitol Hill on Thursday, but did not comply with the order because Congress hadn't given her "sufficient time to prepare".

Goodlatte told Alisyn Camerota on CNN's "New Day" Thursday morning that Page had agreed to an interview Friday.

The committee scheduled Thursday's hearing after Strzok called for a public hearing in the interest of transparency. Right?!" Page, with whom he was having an affair, wrote to Strzok on August 8, 2016. "No.

Strzok said there were multiple levels above him and below him at the FBI during the probes, dismissing the idea that he could have influenced either investigation based on a political bias.

But Goodlatte pushed back at the top of the hearing, defending his committee's investigation.

Although Strzok has said through his lawyer that he was eager to tell his side of the story, he will express his exasperation at being the focal point of a congressional hearing and urge lawmakers to focus on Russian election interference instead.

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