While GOP lawmakers used the congressional hearing of FBI agent Peter Strzok on Thursday to express their frustration with the ongoing investigation into President Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation, it was a Democratic lawmaker who had the most justified and righteous diatribe of the day.
As Gohmert went through his speaking time at a hearing on Thursday with the agent accused of anti-Trump bias, the Texas Republican sparred with another lawmaker, who called his statements a "disgrace".
Strzok repeatedly refused to answer, citing the FBI's counsel's instructions not to answer questions related to the special counsel investigation.
"Are you kidding me?!" an incredulous Mr. Gowdy fired back. Bannon had testified to the House Intelligence Committee past year, but did not answer any question not approved by the White House counsel.
"It would be his candidacy for the presidency", Strzok said. "I'm sorry agent Strzok, but this is letting your bias impact your professional responsibility".
"I see that FBI Lover/Agent Lisa Page is dodging a Subpoena & is refusing to show up and testify".
Watson Coleman then praised Strzok and delineated several criticisms of President Donald Trump, claiming the Republican side of the committees has not mentioned those issues.
Strzok insisted under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he said "we'll stop" a Trump presidency followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member. "No he won't. We'll stop it".
"You need your medication!" one lawmaker shouted.
"This investigation is a political charade - a platform to elevate far-right conspiracy theories and undermine the special counsel's ongoing criminal investigation of the President and his campaign aides", Nadler and Cummings said in that statement.
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You will notice that Republicans have not been able to produce any evidence that Strzok or anyone else took any official action that was biased, unfair, or inappropriate in their investigation of Russian meddling and the Trump campaign.
"This investigation is not politically motivated", Strzok said.
"Mr. Chairman, there's no basis for that", protested the top Judiciary Democrat, Rep. It simply couldn't happen.
When his speech concluded, Democrats in the room applauded. The text and emails may have been discovered in May of 2017, but the bias existed and was manifest a year and a half before that.
"At no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok later said, noting that "multiple layers" of other Federal Bureau of Investigation agents would not have allowed any "improper behavior".
Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen found himself in hot-water Thursday among America's courageous service men and women; bizarrely saying anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok deserves a Purple Heart over his escalating scandal. "But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind", he said.
But he said that he couldn't recall if he had interviewed any witnesses before texting Ms. Page that the president should be impeached. First, it mounted a cautious investigation of what almost everyone now acknowledges was a comprehensive effort by Russian Federation to help Trump get elected, an effort that people on the Trump campaign and even in Donald Trump's own family tried to cooperate with.
"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"
The contentious hearing follows hours of closed-door questioning last week. Jeffress added that Page received word from the Justice Department only "after 11 p.m".