FBI agent defiant as Republicans claim bias in Trump investigation

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok prepares to testify on Thursday

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page was questioned behind closed doors on Friday just hours after FBI agent Peter Strzok had been grilled in a raucous 10-hour public hearing, and Republicans said they learned new information from a witness who was able to talk more freely than Strzok. It is true that the embarrassing and completely inappropriate text messages he exchanged with his Federal Bureau of Investigation paramour, attorney Lisa Page, have already been publicly dissected.

Throughout the hearing, Strzok denied that any of his animus toward Trump affected his work, and said lawmakers were taking his words out of context.

"The only reason we know about it is that these kinds of things were going on on official phones that were discoverable", the congressman added.

However, House Republicans, capitalizing on the text messages in an effort to discredit Mueller's investigation, said they didn't believe Strzok.

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

Committee members sought to question Strzok about the texts and to determine how, if at all, his anti-Trump bias impacted the investigations.

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. "It was Republican Jason Chaffetz, former chairman of my committee".

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In an exchange with Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, chair of the House Oversight Committee, Strzok defended his "we'll stop" Trump text.

"Have you no decency!" shouted another. "If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would".

FBI Director Chris Wray says employees who were singled out for criticism in the report have been referred to internal disciplinary officials.

Mr Strzok denied that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was biased against then-candidate Trump and rejected that his actions in the Russian Federation probe after the 2016 election had political motivations.

Giuliani reiterated the president's nickname for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe-"witch hunt"-and claimed the probe should be wrapped up as soon as possible".

Gohmert said he meant to ask Strzok about an allegation that the agent was told by Intelligence Community Inspector General's investigator Frank Rucker that an "anomaly" was found in the metadata within Clinton's unauthorized private email server. Strzok's lawyer has said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building last month as the disciplinary process winds its way through the system.

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