Stephen Lynch was confused with Louie Gohmert during Peter Strzok hearing

Hannah Rogers
July 13, 2018

He also flatly rejected the president's characterizations of Mueller's work and the threat of Russian election interference, saying, "This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax".

"I urge our chairmen to change course and to keep their promises to protect the integrity of the special counsel's investigation", Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in his opening statement Thursday.

Ultimately Strzok responded to a question from Gowdy about the early portion of the Russian Federation investigation by defending his own work and the work of the FBI.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) ordered Strzok to answer Gowdy's question.

Gohmert first accused Strzok of lying in previous testimony. 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 behavior" by the Republican presidential candidate.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday to answer questions.

Page and Strzok both worked on the FBI investigation into Clinton's emails and, later, on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Multiple GOP lawmakers, including Goodlatte and Gowdy, pointed out that Page has known for more than six months that the committees wanted to interview her; they also argued that she had all the information she needed for an unclassified interview far earlier in the day Tuesday than her lawyer claimed.

More than 5,000 retweets and 13,000 likes later, Krassenstein's tweet had yet to be deleted or corrected as of Thursday evening.

"They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me anymore than I would tolerate it in them", Strzok said.

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Strzok reiterated to lawmakers that, despite a trove of text messages from 2016 that seem to indicate he had an intense personal distaste for President Donald Trump, he has never allowed personal opinions to affect any of his official work at the agency. They eventually cost Strzok his place on Robert Mueller's investigative team.

Conservatives proceeded to cast one of those text messages as the smoking gun in its case against Strzok in particular, and the FBI investigation into Trump, in general: In response to a message from Page expressing horror at the thought of Trump's election, Strzok replied, "We'll stop it".

"If we have a problem with this policy, we should take it up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, not badger Mr. Strzok".

The ranking Democrat on the panel, Jerrold Nadler of NY, urged Republicans not to use the Strzok hearing to attack special counsel Robert Mueller. Strzok said he was not alone in holding political opinions, noting that colleagues in 2016 supported both Clinton and Trump but did not reflect those views on the job.

While the hearing is still ongoing at the time of publishing, we've provided four key moments from the hearing which summarize some of the back and forth between Representatives of Congress and Mr. Strzok.

"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.

Strzok said on Thursday that "we" referred to the American people because he believed Trump would not win the election after criticizing families whose relatives have been killed while serving in the USA military.

When Krishnamoorthi brought up a section in the IG report about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch recalling a Comey comment about the New York FBI office's anti-Clinton sentiment, Sztrok told the lawmaker he'd have to ask Comey to explain those comments. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton.

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