Friday, 20 July, 2018

Rep. Mark Walker: Strzok's Texts to Mistress Were Despicable in Nature

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok is back in Congress on Thursday for a public hearing before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees Watch: Embattled FBI Agent Strzok tells Hill GOP its attacks help Putin sow chaos
Melinda Barton | 13 July, 2018, 22:42

The official took part in the investigation regarding Hillary Clinton " s use of a private email server for official communications during her tenure as US Secretary of State and was involved in the Russian Federation probe, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, although he was taken off the case after his text exchange was revealed.

"I don't give a damn what you appreciate, agent Strzok".

But Republicans charged that Strzok's texts were evidence that he was biased to clear Clinton and go after Donald Trump, grilling him about the messages he exchanged with then-FBI agent Lisa Page that led to his dismissal from special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

Strzok was indignant in defending his text to Page, which stated, "We'll stop it [Trump from being elected]". "We expect them to agree to another date so that Lisa can appear before the Committees in the near future".

Page told investigators that she and Strzok were having an affair, according to a Justice Department Inspector General's report about the Clinton email investigation, and that they used their work devices to hide that from their spouses.

Amid the sound and fury from the insufferable Democrats acting as obstructionists and cheerleaders during disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Thursday, an extremely important revelation was nearly lost in the noise. He told Gohmert the fact that he would say that to him "shows more what you stand for" than anything else.

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.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the congressional focus on the "internal workings of the special counsel's investigation" distracts from more critical questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the need to protect future US elections from foreign influence.

Strzok also said he had never contemplated leaking damaging information he knew about the Trump campaign.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob W. Goodlatte (R-Va.) cocked an eye at Strzok's claim of neutrality in the probes of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Trump campaign.

Republican Darrell Issa made Strzok read some of his texts aloud, including some with profane language. In it, Strzok describes his reluctance to work on behalf of the special counsel, and that seemed to imply he didn't think there would be substantial findings of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign team.

"It was in no way, unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate", he said. They eventually cost Strzok his place on Robert Mueller's investigative team.

"I am certain that Congress will have the opportunity to look at any investigation once it is closed", he said.

Goodlatte said he was holding open the prospect of calling Strzok back again because he was unsatisfied with the lack of answers to some questions. "But", he said, "the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind".

"I do not withdraw it, he is not a member of Congress, it's not a violation of the rule", Gohmert responded.

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

FBI Director Chris Wray says employees who were singled out for criticism in the report have been referred to internal disciplinary officials.