The ex-agent has since argued that his feelings about President Donald Trump did not taint his work. Other members of the panel are Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., who was sentenced a year ago to community service and anger-management classes for assaulting a reporter, and Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., whose infidelity as governor of SC made national headlines. And he called the hearing "just another victory notch in Putin's belt", referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.
But this last week, congressional Republicans, determined to discredit the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, hauled in FBI agent Peter Strzok and sought to humiliate him over anti-Trump texts he exchanged with his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
"Strzok was a highly regarded agent with a very good reputation - but he had a secret", Vox wrote. Virginia GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, said the rule only applies to members of Congress and the President.
To which Republican Representative Ted Poe responded: "And I don't believe you". We " ll stop it".
Peter Strzok Testifies Before House Committees
Strzok argued that Mueller did not remove him from his team because of bias , but because of the perception the texts created. Strzok's statement also denied that political considerations have ever affected his official acts as an investigator.
Strzok worked on the Russian Federation investigation, which the FBI started but that Mueller later took over.
Democratic Representative Luis Gutierrez said when it was his turn to question Strzok: "Congratulations Kremlin, and congratulations to everyone who is helping them".
Horowitz, however, concluded that the political views of those agents did not affect the conclusions of the Clinton investigation.
Trump said Tuesday that his meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" out of all his other meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders this week.
The texts made it crystal clear that Strzok and Page despised Donald Trump and wanted Hillary Clinton to defeat him in the 2016 presidential election. 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. "So, I take great offense, and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn't".
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In the set, Williams won an incredible 87 percent of her first-serve points (13 of 15). By the end, Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, and far more unforced errors, 36-7.
Plus, he said, both the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations were handled by large teams that "would not tolerate any improper behavior in me anymore than I would tolerate it in them". "It simply couldn't happen".
New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he thought it was against House rules to impugn the character of a witness.
"The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that", Gohmert said, further charging Strzok "you were given that information and you did nothing with it". Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) shouted at Gohmert after his remarks.
Cohen then went on a tirade, calling the investigation into Strzok and potential FBI bias a "ruse".
The ICIG spotted the oversight after the Federal Bureau of Investigation missed it, texts between Strzok and his mistress, former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, show. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) asked of Strzok - prompting one of the many outcries from Democrats. Gohmert speculated about whether he looked "so innocent" when he looked into his wife's eyes and lied about the affair. Her lawyer said Page had offered to voluntarily appear before the committees later this month but needed more clarification about what the lawmakers would be asking. "He's such a truthful guy and you never misunderstand where he's coming from", DeLay said in an interview with Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live".
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Emotions spilled over as Hamilton and Mercedes accused Vettel's Ferrari team of effectively cheating their way to victory. Both spun and rejoined, Hamilton after running off track. "In France I lost my wing so I screwed my own race", he said.