"If you want to represent what you said accurately I am happy to answer that question, but I don't appreciate what was originally said being changed". "My personal opinions in no way-" Strzok said, before he was interrupted. It is not who I am and it is not something I would ever do. Bernie Sanders. He said there was "simply no evidence of bias in my professional actions".
On Wednesday, House Republicans signaled they may try to hold Page in contempt of Congress unless she agrees to testify by Friday about her role in the FBI's probes.
Embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok faced off with House Republicans Thursday at a fiery and raucous hearing where he forcefully defended his actions in the Hillary Clinton email and Russian Federation investigations amid sharp attacks over the anti-Trump text messages he sent.
"Many people may have doubts and not believe that", he later demurred.
When asked by Rep.
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". That is bias. Agent Strzok may not see it but the rest of the country does, and it is not what we want, expect or deserve from any law enforcement officer much less the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
But later, Strzok testified that he wrote the text "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 awful disgusting behavior [was] that the American population would not elect someone demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States".
Representatives appealed to the chairman, Rep.
Jeffress accused the panels of using unnecessary "bullying tactics" to push Page into an interview immediately, especially when "she has offered to voluntarily appear before the committees later this month". Several people, apparently committee staffers, stood up behind Democratic lawmakers, holding large posters of all those who have already pleaded guilty so far in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
"The point of order is not well taken!"
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"I have always told the truth", Strzok said.
"And the chairman is not being proper!"
"Only with your own counsel", Goodlatte responded.
"We're just gonna make up rules as we go along?"
Page and Strzok both worked on the FBI investigation into Clinton's emails and, later, on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. So much corruption on the other side.
When Krishnamoorthi brought up a section in the IG report about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch recalling a Comey comment about the New York FBI office's anti-Clinton sentiment, Sztrok told the lawmaker he'd have to ask Comey to explain those comments. You don't have to take my word for it.
The alleged toucher, it should be noted, could not possibly have been Trump.
"It was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero", Strzok said, "and my presumption based on that terrible, disgusting behavior, that the American population would not elect someone demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States".
This, I think, is a smart tactic-playing defense would allow the Republicans to continue insinuating guilt, while going on the offensive against their inquisitors casts the accusations in their proper partisan light.
"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.
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