Strzok Refuses to Answer First Question He’s Asked

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) challenged FBI agent Peter Strzok on his claims that bias didn’t get him kicked off the special counsel investigation Thursday during a congressional hearing.

“My testimony, what you asked and I responded to, was he kicked me off because of my bias,” Strzok said. “I am stating to you that it’s not my understanding that he kicked me off for any bias, it was done based on appearance. If you want to represent what he said accurately I am happy to answer that question but I don’t appreciate what was originally said being changed.”

Gowdy grilled him on biased text messages he sent out during two politically charged investigation. He figured Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would win while investigating her use of a private email server. He also mentioned President Donald Trump being impeached right when he joined an investigation targeting him.

“I don’t give a damn what you appreciate Agent Strzok,” Gowdy replied. “I don’t appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations in 2016.”

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Gowdy was particularly interested in determining how many people Strzok interviewed before texting out conclusions on the people he was investigating. Strzok refused to answer citing counsel from the FBI. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) warned him to cite a legal reason that he can’t answer while Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and others defended him for not answering.

Strzok was called in to testify as part of a congressional investigation into decisions made by the Department of Justice and FBI in 2016. The House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee launched the joint investigation last year.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been leading the investigation which is looking at whether the president or his associates colluded with Russian interests during the campaign. Strzok was removed from the investigation August 2017 text messages he exchanged opposing the president were revealed internally.

Strzok once texted, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” when asked by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page whether Trump could become president. The two of them have also mentioned an “insurance policy” in the event that Trump did win and a “secret society,” phrases that have drawn concern from Republicans.

Strzok jumped onto the special

Source:: LifeZette


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