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. Strzok responded that he had been advised by the FBI's lawyers not to address specifics of what is still an ongoing investigation - now the Mueller investigation.
Strzok appeared before the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees Thursday, where he was grilled by lawmakers over anti-Trump text messages he sent to attorney Lisa Page.
"If you were kicked off when he read the texts, shouldn't you have been kicked off when you wrote them?" Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) for their role in what shaped up to be a show trial of the FBI agent accused of protecting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and attempting to influence an FBI investigation of President Donald Trump's election campaign.
He said he was one of the few people during the 2016 election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that that information could have derailed Trump's election chances. Strzok says he never allowed personal opinions to taint his work. We've been flooded with hate-Trump messages. As the hearing began, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings had staffers hold up large signs of people who have pleaded guilty in Mueller's probe. But then it kept that investigation completely secret from the public, lest news of it affect the outcome of the investigation in any way.
"A direct strike at democracy and what this country is about with free and fair elections".
And that's what you have to keep in mind as you watch these ludicrous hearings, and everything else the Republicans do with regard to this issue. Strzok said his remarks gave him "a lot of concern".
Strzok repeatedly refused to answer, citing the FBI's counsel's instructions not to answer questions related to the special counsel investigation. As one agent put it at the time, "The FBI is Trumpland". Tuesday that she would have access to the documents she needed for Wednesday's interview. He said the text, written late at night and off-the-cuff, reflected his belief that the American public would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behaviour" by the Republican presidential candidate.
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Strzok had told Gowdy he was unable to answer a question related to the Russian Federation probe, saying he had been instructed not to comment on matters related to an ongoing investigation.
Other Democrats called, "point of order!"
"You need to understand that that was written late at night, off the cuff, and it was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero, and my presumption based on that frightful, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States". "It was in no way, unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process, for any candidate".
"And the chairman is not being proper", Nadler shot back.
The Purple Heart typically is awarded to members of the USA military who are wounded or killed by enemies in war. You don't have to take my word for it.
An FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages fueled suspicions of partisan bias told lawmakers Thursday that his work has never been tainted by politics and that the intense scrutiny he is facing represents "just another victory notch in Putin's belt".