'FBI lover' agent: Attacks on Federal Bureau of Investigation a 'victory' for Putin

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

"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 said.

FBI agent Peter Strzok gave a fiery speech explaining why he considered Donald Trump an unacceptable candidate for president - and denounced Republican efforts to discredit the Russian Federation investigation.

Repulican Trey Gowdy of SC said Strzok exhibited "textbook bias" and in his mind had Clinton "winning the White House" before he finished her investigation. "But that was a year and a half too late". He described the texts as "hate filled and biased". Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., spar during a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Republicans' dissatisfaction with Strzok and the FBI's handling of him prompted the joint hearing of the House Oversight and House Judiciary committees Thursday. "Are you objecting to the question?"

Strzok had told Gowdy he was unable to answer a question related to the Russian Federation probe, saying he had been instructed not to comment on matters related to an ongoing investigation.

"Mr. Chairman, there's no basis for that", protested the top Judiciary Democrat, Rep.

"The gentleman is not recognized", Goodlatte responded.

"And the chairman is not being proper", Nadler shot back.

Gowdy was repeatedly interrupted through the rest of his questions, while he and Strzok got into a heated exchange.

While the report found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not let political bias affect its findings in the Clinton probe, inspector general Michael Horowitz also pointed out that it was troubling that senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials displayed their preference for Clinton over Trump so clearly during a politically sensitive time.

"I am stating to you it is not my understanding that he kicked me off because of any bias that it was done based on the appearance", Strzok said.

"Mr. Strzok, you are under subpoena, and are required to answer the question", Goodlatte said.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Oversight Committee chair, added, "Agent Strzok had Hillary Clinton winning the White House before he finished investigating her. Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him. I don't appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations in 2016".

"We'll stop it", Strzok texted Page in August 2016 - apparently referring to the prospect of Trump being elected president, according to a June report by the inspector general.

"You need to understand that that was written late at night, off-the-cuff and it was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero, and my presumption based on that frightful disgusting behavior [was] that the American population would not elect someone demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States", Strzok said.

"I acknowledge that is absolutely their right, that is what makes our democracy such a vibrant process that it is", Strzok said.

Page, who has also been subpoenaed, is expected to speak to lawmakers at a private meeting Friday.

Chairman Goodlatte made the announcement during an interview Thursday, saying the details are still being worked out.

Strzok is attending the public hearing after he was also subpoenaed last week.

"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.

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