President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with the leaders of the Baltic states

Strzok said Thursday that there were multiple levels above him and below him at the FBI during the Clinton and Mueller probes, dismissing the idea that he could have influenced either investigation based on a political bias.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page was questioned behind closed doors on Friday just hours after FBI agent Peter Strzok had been grilled in a raucous 10-hour public hearing, and Republicans said they learned new information from a witness who was able to talk more freely than Strzok.

He and former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page were having an extramarital affair during the campaign and exchanged thousands of politically charged texts. "And I would contend that Mr. Strzok was doing it a little, too".

Strzok is in the hot seat because he helped steer two politically charged investigations, into Hillary Clinton's email use and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Democrats even broke into applause after one of Strzok's particularly defiant answers, and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) told Strzok he believed he deserved "a purple heart" for enduring the Republican onslaught. He demanded Strzok answer questions in order to "respect the dignity of the Congress" and to provide "facts needed for intelligent legislative action". Both Page and Strzok briefly served on Mueller's team as well.

"To suggest we can parse down the shorthand like they're some contract for a vehicle is simply not consistent with my or most people's use of text messaging", Strzok said, practically yelling at Gowdy.


Vox offered an "explainer" on the hearings headlined, "The FBI agent accused of political bias defended himself in a raucous hearing".

Once special counsel Robert Mueller found out about his text messages he fired him from the Russian Federation investigation.

The hearing opened with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC, chairman of the Oversight Committee, asking Strzok how many people he interviewed in the first eight days of the investigation.

Strzok insisted under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he said "we'll stop" a Trump presidency followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member.

As you heard on this clip, there was a lawyer that sat behind him the entire time and directed him not to answer any questions about the Russian Federation investigation.


Strzok worked on the Russian Federation investigation, which the FBI started but that Mueller later took over.

Strzok said "based on that terrible, disgusting behavior", he assumed Trump would not win the election.

Trump said Tuesday that his meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" out of all his other meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders this week. Mueller was appointed by a top Justice Department official following Trump's dismissal in May 2017 of FBI Director James Comey. Other members of the panel are Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., who was sentenced past year to community service and anger-management classes for assaulting a reporter, and Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., whose infidelity as governor of SC made national headlines.

"But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind".


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