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Peter Strzok, to break his silence and testimony
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A skeptic Peter Strzok testified that his political views, including anti-Trump, texts are replaced, in 2016, was rooted in the “deep patriotism,” as GOP lawmakers blasted the FBI officials for “textbook bias,” in his first public hearing before Congress.
Strzok said in his prepared opening statement, he has never allowed to influence personal opinions of his work, that he knew, to damage the information during the campaign that had the potential, then-candidate Trump considered but never leak 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.”
“How many people I had, and expressed his personal political opinions during the extraordinary presidential elections. Many contained expressions of concern for the safety of our country,” Strzok said in his opening statement, adding that the opinions expressed were, “from the depths of patriotism.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy earlier goals in Strzok at the opening on Thursday, high-profile hearing with the anti-Trump, former investigator, says he showed “textbook bias,” on the job.
Gowdy and House judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, both chattering a whole series of Strzok text messages in which he blasted then-candidate Donald Trump and longed for a Hillary Clinton victory in 2016.
As a Strzok opening statements of witnesses-table, Gowdy observed disbelief expressed that he’s not such statements as prejudice.
To replace In Strzok, the first public hearing, Goodlatte also against the Democrats, Trump’s name in these texts with your own.
“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle, please, you said to replace Goodlatte, President of Trump’s name with your own name in a small selection of the things that the Lord Strzok said,”. “Imagine how you would feel if you found out that the chief investigating agent that she was, as a member of Congress, making these comments: ‘F Trump’ ‘Trump is a disaster,’ ‘Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL, the Trump-support’ – or, perhaps, the most frightening and revealing, ‘We’ll stop it” – this relates directly to Mr. Trump’s candidacy for President.”
Goodlatte challenged Democrats to “denigrate” the investigation as a “pure conspiracy theory” to imagine that they were the subject of investigation.
Democrats, at the opening statements, blasted their GOP colleagues. Rep. Elijah Cummings highlighted that several trump-tied characters have already been caught in Russia probe.
“These are not allegations, to pay a visit,” he said.
Strzok 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, 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 maintained, 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 said on Thursday, 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 off campaign in America,” Strzok said. “As someone watching loves this country and appreciates its ideal, it is deeply painful, and even worse, a role.”
Strzok is also President of the Trump characterization of the Mueller rejected the probe as a “witch hunt.”
“This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is a hoax,” Strzok said.
Strzok public testimony comes after his appearance on Capitol Hill last month when he interviewed with the committees behind closed doors for more than 11 hours. 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.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said on Thursday morning, to appear on the page that your lawyer has agreed that, for a private interview on Friday, on a voluntary basis.
“The good news is that last night, not to appear by their attorney, Lisa page, for a private interview on Friday, voluntarily,” Goodlatte said on Fox Business’ “in the Morning with Maria.” “We are still in the details.”
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.