Republicans praise Page's testimony one day after battle with Strzok

Pauline Gross
July 15, 2018

A Democratic congressman who said Thursday that embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok deserves a Purple Heart medal for his testimony at a contentious congressional hearing walked back those comments Friday in an interview on CNN's "Newsroom".

Several congressional Republicans criticized the Purple Heart remark on Twitter with Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina calling it an "insult" to recipients of the award.

Strzok helped lead two of the FBI's most high-profile investigations: inquiries into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"That gag order was obviously bogus from the start", she said.

Strzok was thrown off Mueller's Russian Federation investigation team because of his text messages, made on FBI time and on an FBI phone; but before Congress, he insisted that they were personal opinions only and had nothing to do with his work.

The hearing exposed clear partisan divides in the House judiciary and oversight committees, as Democrats accused Republicans of trying to divert attention from Trump's ties to Russian Federation by excessively focusing on Strzok.

"I found Lisa Page to be far more credible than Peter Strzok". "We did not see the smug attitude that we saw from Strozk".

"She's an irrelevant actor in a sideshow", Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, said of Page. By all accounts, Page was a very different witness that Peter Strzok who testified in an explosive open hearing Thursday.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page will be interviewed by two congressional committees this week, after declining to appear earlier this week.

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Page's questioning is to continue on Monday.

As Gohmert went through his speaking time at a hearing on Thursday with the agent accused of anti-Trump bias, the Texas Republican sparred with another lawmaker, who called his statements a "disgrace".

The comment prompted howls from Democrats, including one who shouted, "You need your medication".

"Today's charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the [Trump] campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result", White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said.

While some lawmakers are demanding that President Donald Trump immediately cancel his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the indictment on Friday of 12 Russian military officers for "conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", Sen.

Strzok denied that his political views expressed in the texts affected his professional work on Thursday, and Page also said there was "no bias" affecting her conduct, according to Jackson Lee.

Republicans have repeatedly attempted to throw Strzok's credibility into question, accusing him of harboring political bias during his work on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigatory team from which he was sacked after the messages surfaced.

"It wasn't the discovery of your texts, Mr. Strzok".

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