FBI agent defiant as Republicans claim bias in Trump investigation

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Strzok is unique in that he sent a series of text messages to senior Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page insulting Trump, and these were later made public by the Department of Justice.

"In the majority's view, we do not have time to conduct oversight on nearly any national security issue - but we have hours on end to discuss Mr. Strzok's extramarital affair", Nadler said.

"Sir, that's an expression of speech". In breaking his months-long silence, Strzok vigorously defended his handling of two hugely sensitive investigations in which he played a leading role: inquiries into Hillary Clinton's email use and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. It was Special Counsel Robert Mueller who ordered him off the case because of incendiary emails that cast Strzok as biased against President Trump and willing to take action to prevent him from taking office.

"It wasn't the discovery of your texts, Mr. Strzok". "Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman, please", one said.

Gowdy should have known that there was zero chance of a "Perry Mason" moment like those featured on the old TV show about a defense lawyer, when Strzok would break down under the withering questions of GOP members and confess to placing his thumb on the scale of the investigations. I'd call that bias.

He said bias means that you let those opinions get in the way of the work, and he did not do that.

"They behaved like children", Jolly said on MSNBC.

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"Strzok was a highly regarded agent with a very good reputation - but he had a secret", Vox wrote. Gowdy interjected. "Hang on a second". And you didn't say anything, you thanked him, you shook his hand. "There are 13 Democrats on the special counsel probe, including one who went to what he hoped was a victory party (for Hillary Clinton)!" "He's the only person in America who opened up a counterintelligence investigation into Trump's campaign", DeSantis noted.

On the other are Republicans who see anti-Trump text messages Strzok sent to his lover as evidence of alarming bias at the highest levels of government.

"And potential criminal liability - do you understand that?"

Although Strzok has said through his lawyer that he was eager to tell his side of the story, he made clear his exasperation at being the focal point of a congressional hearing at a time when Russian election interference has been successfully "sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions".

Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee said he would give Strzok a Purple Heart if he could. He added that it was a "situation where we can actually learn what's going on and the witness can actually answer the question". Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) asked Strzok how many times he looked "innocently into [his] wife's eyes" as he carried out an extramarital affair with Page.

Democrats led by top Judiciary Committee Democrat Jerrold Nadler of NY on Friday continued to cast the Republican-driven effort as a campaign to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into Russian meddling and whether anyone in the Trump campaign was involved in it.

"I found Lisa Page to be more credible than Peter Strzok".

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