"The fact you would accuse me otherwise, the fact you would question whether or not that was the sort of look I would engage in with a family member who I have acknowledged hurting, goes more to a discussion about your character and what you stand for and what's going inside you", he said, before being interrupted. California Rep. Darrell Issa made Strzok read out his own texts, including some with profane language and one that calls Trump a "disaster".
As Republicans asked multiple questions about the Russian Federation probe, Strzok repeated that he would like to answer the question, "but at the direction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, because it relates to an operational matter, I can't".
He said Republicans were pressing Page about the intent behind the text messages she had exchanged with Strzok, which included many anti-Trump missives, as well as a message in which Strzok had said "we'll stop" Trump. Both Strzok and Page were booted from Mueller's investigation a year ago after he discovered their texts.
Page answered questions in behind-closed-doors testimony on Friday to the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
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Trump conflated immigration and terrorism in the interview, and he said that Khan, London's mayor, had done a "terrible job". Mr Trump has said that Britons "like me a lot" and he feels "fine" about any protests. "I think they like me in the UK".
"I've talked to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents around the country". But they argued they are doing important oversight work holding the FBI accountable for how it handled the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations in 2016. Horowitz told lawmakers after the report's release that he is not confident that Strzok was unbiased during the FBI's investigation into Clinton's emails.
Gohmert said impassionedly as Democrats on the committee yelled, "Mister Chairman, this is outrageous!" and a female member yelled, "You need your medication".
He said he was one of the few people in 2016 who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with the Trump campaign, and that that information could have derailed Trump's election chances. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-New Jersey, said, "I have never seen my colleagues so out of control, so angry".
The sharp tone of Strzok's statement set the stage for a contentious hearing following hours of closed-door questioning last week. But despite the generally complimentary mood toward Page, Republicans weren't feeling any warmer toward Strzok. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton. And many Democrats say actions taken by law enforcement during the campaign season, including announcing a reopening of the investigation into Clinton just days before the election, actually wound up harming the Democratic candidate and aiding the Republican candidate, Trump.
"Every American, every single one, has a political belief", Strzok said, and the vast majority of those don't constitute bias.