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Peter Strzok, to break his silence and testimony
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A skeptic Peter Strzok said to be in control, he is confronted about his anti-Trump-text-messages is “just another victory notch in Putin’s belt,” according to the FBI-to be official versions prepared by committees Thursday, delivered in front of the house in the morning.
To witness Strzok, which is in the term, in a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee on Thursday, has been in the political cross-hairs for months over the revelations of anti-Trump-text-messages exchanged with his mistress, and a former office colleague, Lisa page.
Strzok says, in his opening statement, he is permitted by the Associated Press, that can never influence the personal opinions of his work, that he knew, to damage the information during the campaign that had the potential, then-candidate Donald Trump, but never considered leaking them to the press, and that the recent congressional elections, the focus is on him wrong and plays into the “our enemies” – to tear campaign America apart.”
Strzok, the news for the first time, the justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed. The last text that was revealed in the inspector general’s report about the FBI handling of the Clinton-E-Mail investigation showed Strzok swears to stop Trump from becoming President.
GOP leaders are expected to be traded on the grill Strzok about the increase in speed of the Trump-bashing texts he has on his FBI-phone, while the E-Mail sever worked at the bureau of investigation in the Russian election meddling and Hillary Clinton. The lawmakers are also expected to the press Strzok on the impact of his political bias to any investigative decisions, although Horowitz ultimately found that in spite of the politically charged messages, there was no evidence that the slope had an impact on the Prosecutor’s decisions in the Clinton probe.
Strzok has been on Special counsel Robert Mueller, the team, until they were discovered the text messages. Subsequently, he was assigned to the FBI office of human resources. Just last month, Strzok was escorted out of the bureau and lost his security clearance.
In his opening statement, though, Strzok, while his criticism of Trump were “dull”, it is “simply no evidence of bias in my professional actions.”
“Do not let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: to defend once in my 26 years, my nation, my personal opinion to the effect that any official action that I took,” Strzok wrote in the statement, adding that the Russian electoral interference, discord successfully “in our people and shake the faith in our institutions.”
“I have the greatest respect for Congress’ oversight function, but I really believe that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies,” to tear campaign America apart,” Strzok wrote. “As someone watching loves this country and appreciates its ideal, it is deeply painful, and even worse, a role.”
Strzok is also expected to be President of the Trump characterization of the Mueller reject the probe as a “witch hunt.”
“This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is a hoax,” Strzok wrote.
Strzok public testimony comes after his appearance on Capitol Hill last month when he interviewed with the committees behind closed doors. Lawmakers on Thursday not expected to question Strzok, why he act immediately, if potentially E classified-Mails were found on a laptop in a disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was married at the time to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Strzok was involved with the page, the resignation from the Bureau in may. Page was also a short Details for Müller, but again, the FBI last July, where she worked in the office of the General Counsel.
This week, page defied a congressionally issued subpoena on Wednesday to appear for a closed-door deposition before the same committees. The page’s legal team, late Tuesday night, said she would not testify, because they needed more time to prepare.
House Republicans sent a letter to the side of the lawyer on Wednesday, set three options for the page: show up on Thursday, the public hearing in addition to Strzok, participation in a closed-door deposition on Friday or face the morning of the contempt of Congress as of Friday.
It is unclear which option have decided to the side and their lawyers.
“A subpoena to testify in front of Congress is not optional, it is absolutely necessary,” speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said.
Trump, of his European tour, shot-blasted to show the page due to non-implementation, to on Wednesday, calling the ongoing Russia-probe “perhaps the most depraved and corrupt already!”
He added: “As you can go, the Manipulated witch-hunt, when it was launched, influenced, and worked for an extended period of time, the former FBI Agent/lover Peter Strzok? Read filled with his hatred and totally biased, E-Mails, and the answer is clear!”
Fox News, Gregg Re, and Pamela K. Browne and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.