Watch Peter Strzok Claim His Anti-Trump Texts Were Unbiased

Pauline Gross
July 12, 2018

"So it wasn't the discovery of texts that got him fired, it was the bias manifest in those texts that made him unfit to objectively and dispassionately investigate".

He and an FBI lawyer he sent the messages to briefly worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation, but were dismissed from the team a year ago even though FBI agents are not prohibited from privately expressing political views.

But Republicans lambasted the embattled FBI agent, accusing him of "textbook bias" in his handling of the Clinton and Trump investigations. That led to today's hearing, called by the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee, in which several Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were questioned regarding their conduct.

Strzok said it was a "quick choice of words".

Strzok told lawmakers in his opening statement that he followed department protocol handling sensitive information about the extent of Russia's meddling in the USA election and the Trump team's potential role in it.

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.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., interjected.

Strzok has met with members of the House Judiciary Committee privately, but his hearing scheduled for Thursday is open.

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Strzok was removed from the team carrying out the Russian Federation investigation in July 2017, after Mueller was made aware of his text messages.

"I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, at no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok told Gowdy on Thursday. "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".

You will notice that Republicans have not been able to produce any evidence that Strzok or anyone else took any official action that was biased, unfair, or inappropriate in their investigation of Russian meddling and the Trump campaign. "I don't appreciate having an F.B.I. agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016". Strzok was chastised in a June Justice Department Department of Inspector General report, which revealed Strzok texted "we'll stop it" in 2016, seemingly referring seemingly to Donald Trump's path to the presidency.

"In terms of [that text], you need to understand that that was written late at night, off the cuff, and 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.

"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", Strzok said. Right?!" Strzok responded, "No.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear on Capitol Hill on Thursday, but did not comply with the order because Congress hadn't given her "sufficient time to prepare".

Former FBI attorney Lisa Page is expected to appear for a closed-door interview before House Committees Friday.

"In August 2016, Page texted Strzok, "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right?

He said that he had "expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election" and that at times his "criticism was blunt", but that it was not limited to Trump.

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