Republican House members on the House Judiciary Committee have already issued a pro-Trump conclusion on their 2016 Trump campaign Russian interference questions…
The Senate and Intelligence Community have concluded else wise….
So FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok KNEW he was walking into a political hornet’s nest today….
The worked counter-intelligence as his speciality…
From appearances ?
It seems that the agent did a good service for the Bureau in a political arena that has had the agency under continual attack from political types trying to defend Donald Trump, who from what we know probably didn’t do everything legit to get elected, or in other circumstances either….
Republicans exploded at FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok on Thursday, berating his assertions that his anti-Donald Trump sentiment — captured in text messages exposed by an internal watchdog — never affected his work on the Russia probe.
But a defiant Strzok hit back at GOP lawmakers, defending his professionalism and slamming the hearing as a “victory notch in Putin’s belt.” And he got backup from Democrats who accused Republicans of harassing Strzok and running roughshod over the committees.
“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 in his opening statement to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, his first public remarks on the matter.
Strzok instead cast his decision to help launch and lead the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election as an act of patriotism in defense of American democracy. And he took a swing at congressional Republicans for targeting him as the bad guy.
“I have the utmost respect for Congress’s oversight role, but I truly believe that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart,” he said.
Soon after, the hearing degenerated into a partisan morass.
In his first question, House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy pressed Strzok on how many witnesses he had interviewed in the first eight days of the Russia probe — from July 31, 2016, to Aug. 8, 2016 — and Strzok said FBI counsel instructed him not to discuss the ongoing probe.
House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte quickly interjected and ordered Strzok to answer the question or risk contempt proceedings.
“You are under subpoena,” Goodlatte said.
“I do not believe I am here under subpoena,” Strzok replied.
Democrats repeatedly interrupted and demanded answers for how Goodlatte could instruct him to defy his employer, the FBI, to answer a question about an ongoing investigation.
The dispute resulted in bickering and shouting among members and an attempt by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat, to adjourn the hearing.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) accused Gowdy of engaging in “harassment” of Strzok.
Trump and GOP allies have fixated on Strzok after a series of text messages revealed deep anti-Trump sentiment from Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page…..