Wild scenes at Russia-probe hearing as Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Republicans clash

Wild scenes at Russia-probe hearing as Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Republicans clash

Wild scenes at Russia-probe hearing as Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Republicans clash

Strzok played major roles in investigations into both Hillary Clinton's private email server and potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Numerous media's seasoned political analysts professed to hear nothing new inFBI agent Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Thursday. An inspector general report blamed Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page for creating an appearance of impropriety through their texts but found that the outcome of the Clinton investigation was not tainted by bias.

In August 2016, Strzok responded to a message from Page about Trump's chance of being elected president.

FBI Director Chris Wray says employees who were singled out for criticism in the report have been referred to internal disciplinary officials. "When I see you looking with a little smirk, I wonder how many times did you look so innocently into your wife's eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page", Gohmert began.

Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline asked Gohmert to withdraw his remarks.

Gohmert said he meant to ask Strzok about an allegation that the agent was told by Intelligence Community Inspector General's investigator Frank Rucker that an "anomaly" was found in the metadata within Clinton's unauthorized private email server.

The partisan fighting began from the very first question of the day, which prompted Goodlatte to threaten holding Strzok in contempt amid Democratic protests over whether Strzok could answer questions about the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump - who mocks Page and Strzok as the "FBI lovers" - blasted Page's decision not to appear Thursday in a tweet, lamenting the "corruption on the other side" and again calling out Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do something about it. "I think not", Goodlatte said.

Strzok's statement also denied that political considerations have ever affected his official acts as an investigator.

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"My presumption, based on that awful, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States", Strzok said.

In a chaotic hearing that spanned 10 hours, he insisted he never allowed personal opinions to affect his work, though he did acknowledge being dismayed by Donald Trump's behavior during the campaign.

"Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took", the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent said during the contentious hearing in Congress.

"I don't give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok", Gowdy responded.

"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.

Democrats, meanwhile, slammed the Republicans for their attacks on Strzok as an effort to undermine the Mueller investigation.

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. "This will show that this is the entire joint investigation is at best a partisan distraction from more important matters".

She will instead appear in a closed-door hearing on Friday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte told Fox Business Network. Tuesday that she would have access to the documents she needed for Wednesday's interview.

During the marathon hearing, Democrats staunchly defended Strzok.

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