GOP lawmakers: Lisa Page more 'credible' witness than Peter Strzok

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As Republicans asked multiple questions about the Russian Federation probe, Strzok repeated that he would like to answer the question, "but at the direction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, because it relates to an operational matter, I can't".

At its core, though, the hearing reflected passions that are running so hot it's made it challenging for Congress, or at least the House, to set aside its divisions to consider the serious questions underlying Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as well as the behavior of the FBI agent since reassigned from the probe.

The 12 Russian officials have been charged with hacking into the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Controversial FBI agent Peter Strzok said on Thursday that he had damaging information on US President Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential election that may have derailed his campaign.

"I strongly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt", he told members of the committees. "No he won't. We'll stop it". "There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think", Trump said.

Jerry Nadler appeared to have the best of intentions when he begged his congressional colleagues to tiptoe around Peter Strzok's mortifying extramarital affair.

These claims are unbelievable and contradicted by the facts regarding Strzok's conduct.

"That is who we are as the FBI", Strzok said in an animated riff that drew Democratic applause.

"I regret mentioning the Purple Heart medal at yesterday's hearing".

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McCullough said he "expected to be embraced and protected", but was instead "chided" by someone on Capitol Hill for failing to consider the "political consequences" of his investigative findings, Fox News reported.

Democrats threw their support behind Strzok with gusto. He said Strzok's texts were "the flawless foil" for Republicans. That's surprising, given the extensive experience of Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., as a former federal prosecutor. "Page had texted him, "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right?

Some members of the committee positioned these details as nefarious. They allowed Strzok's former lover Lisa Page to delay her committee appearance - originally scheduled for Wednesday - until after she had ample opportunity to observe his televised testimony.

Goodlatte then tried to let Strzok respond to Gohmert's statements after the Texas Republican's time ended.

This is a circus that only lacks a big tent.

Strzok replied, "No, Mr. Gowdy, it wasn't".

Strzok is no dummy.

After the commotion died down, Gohmert used the remainder of his time to ask Strzok if he had spoken to Clinton more than once and to remark, incredulously, "So after throwing away what you have, with all the bias you have, you've never even gotten a thank you". "All the results of the investigation are "fruit of the poison tree" and should be dismissed", he added. My intent was to speak metaphorically to make a broader point about attacks against the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller's investigation into a Russian attack on our country.

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