Rep. Mark Walker: Strzok's Texts to Mistress Were Despicable in Nature

FBI agent gets applause in contentious hearing after forceful defense of agency

Greg Nash

Cuomo broke out his whiteboard to detail why he thinks House Republicans failed to make their case against Strzok and their ultimate target, Mueller.

Should Page agree to testify on Thursday, she would be doing so alongside Peter Strzok, the former top Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence official with whom she exchanged a series of anti-Trump texts that brought her to the GOP's attention.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok testifies before the the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018.

"To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, please replace President Trump's name with your own name in a small sample of things Mr. Strzok has said", he said. 'It taints the entire Mueller witchunt.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will meet with Trump in Helsinki on Monday, has repeatedly denied USA intelligence agency conclusions that Moscow interfered in the campaign and tried to help Trump. "All the results of the investigation are "fruit of the poison tree" and should be dismissed", Giuliani tweeted, his first message on the social media platform since December 2016.

This is because Strzok had participated in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the special counsel's probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation - but was removed from the latter last summer, after an internal investigation discovered that he had expressed a low opinion of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race in text messages with his colleague Lisa Page.

The embattled FBI agent who oversaw the opening of the Russian Federation investigation mounted an aggressive personal defence on Thursday, rejecting accusations that he let his private political views bias his official actions and labelling Republican preoccupation with him "another victory notch in Putin's belt".

The partisan bickering and speeches disguised as questions brought little honor to either the House Oversight or Judiciary committees in Thursday's three-ring circus masquerading as a hearing.

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

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Republican lawmakers asked Strzok to read aloud many of his texts.

"I urge our chairmen to change course and to keep their promises to protect the integrity of the special counsel's investigation", Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in his opening statement Thursday.

Strzok repeatedly insisted the texts, including ones in which he called Trump a "disaster" and said "We'll stop" a Trump candidacy, did not reflect political bias and had not infected his work.

He said 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.

"I have a major problem. about the volume", said Walker. She is also expected to testify at a pubic hearing in the near future.

"You need your medication", Rep.

To which Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, responded, "And I don't believe you".

Strzok said under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he vowed "we'll stop" a Trump candidacy followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member. He said the text, written late at night and off-the-cuff, reflected his belief that Americans would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behaviour" by the presidential candidate.

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