Stephen Lynch was confused with Louie Gohmert during Peter Strzok hearing

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"It simply couldn't happen".

When his speech concluded, Democrats in the room applauded.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page was praised by congressional investigators as largely cooperative on Friday, answering questions mostly about her 2016 text-message exchanges with FBI Agent Peter Strzok that were critical of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Strzok was removed from the special counsel probe after the text messages were discovered past year, while Page had already left.

The congressional hearing with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok went off the rails Thursday afternoon, and Rep. Stephen Lynch, somehow, got caught in the subsequent social media crossfire.

"Well, hang on a second, Agent Strzok!"

This prompted Gohmert in turn to raise his voice, turn to Strzok and say, "No, the disgrace is what this man has done to our justice system". Gohmert said impassionedly as Democrats on the committee yelled, "Mister Chairman, this is outrageous!" and a female member yelled, "You need your medication".

Gowdy responded by calling on Watson Coleman to question Strzok.

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"President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him", Giuliani said. He also said he had never contemplated leaking damaging information he knew about the Trump campaign.

"I have the utmost respect for Congress' 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", Strzok said. "As someone who loves this country and cherishes its ideals, it is profoundly painful to watch and even worse to play a part in".

Strzok's first open hearing descended into shouting matches during the 10-hour session on Thursday, with Republicans struggling to hide their emotions and Democrats jumping to the agent's defense.

Republicans eager for ways to discredit Mueller's investigation have for months held up the texts from Strzok and Page to support allegations of anti-Trump bias within federal law enforcement.

The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety through the texts.

"She's an irrelevant actor in a sideshow", Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, said of Page.

Mr Strzok's case has been used by the president and many Republicans to discredit Mueller's investigation on alleged ties between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin. Strzok's testimony, under oath, is that Bruce Ohr provided information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that included material compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele - the Russian dossier.

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