Chaos Erupts During Congressional Testimony by Anti-Trump FBI Agent Peter Strzok

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FBI agent: My work has never been tainted by political bias

"We don't want to read text message after text message dripping with bias against one of the two presidential candidates".

"That was being used in the context of me not knowing what it would lead to", Mr. Strzok said. The watchdog concluded that no evidence of bias affected the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI agent set for public House grilling Dem pollster: Clinton showed that being against Trump is not enough to win Dems call for release of Strzok interview transcript MORE's private email server. First, it mounted a cautious investigation of what almost everyone now acknowledges was a comprehensive effort by Russian Federation to help Trump get elected, an effort that people on the Trump campaign and even in Donald Trump's own family tried to cooperate with.

Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen found himself in hot-water Thursday among America's fearless service men and women; bizarrely saying anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok deserves a Purple Heart over his escalating scandal. "Many contained expressions of concern for the security of our country-opinions that were not always expressed in terms I am proud of.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 that his text messages critical of Trump shortly after the investigation began were in response to Trump's behavior on the campaign trail - and not a reflection of his investigative intent.

Mr Strzok, a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent who has spent much of his career hunting down Russian spies in the USA, was dismissed by Mr Mueller last summer after he learned of the messages, which included disparaging comments about then-candidate Trump and his supporters (as well as Obama Justice Department officials and other Democratic and Republican politicians).

Mr. Goodlatte then reminded the witness about a tweet that stated that he had visited a Walmart store in benighted southern Virginia, where, Strzok wrote, he could "SMELL the Trump support".

Watson Coleman then praised Strzok and delineated several criticisms of President Donald Trump, claiming the Republican side of the committees has not mentioned those issues.

Strzok told lawmakers in his opening statement that he followed department protocol handling sensitive information about the extent of Russia's meddling in the USA election and the Trump team's potential role in it. Strzok: "No ... we'll stop it". "But", he said, "the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind".

"I don't recall writing that text", Strzok added later, with Gowdy talking over him.

Strzok plainly is talking about some sort of action "we" will take, some intervention, not the passivity of hoping Americans will reject Trump based on information it already has. Bernie Sanders. He said there was "simply no evidence of bias in my professional actions". Strzok, who was removed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller from the Russian Federation probe, swore he never let his political opinions affect his work. She noted that all their GOP conspiracy theories about the FBI fail to grapple with one simple reality: Because of the FBI, Trump became president and Hillary Clinton did not.

Strzok appeared before lawmakers in Congress last month for a closed-door interview. Goodlatte said he could speak to his personal counsel, but not the FBI's.

The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety.

Officials said Friday the committees had reached an agreement to question her behind closed doors on Friday, following an angry back and forth with Page's lawyer Amy Jeffress over what she called "bullying tactics" by the lawmakers.

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