FBI Agent Peter Strzok Faces Off with Lawmakers in Contentious Hearing

"These were his words, [when] he sat in front of us for eight hours, nine hours and denied there was any bias".

Strzok was caught having an affair with former agent Lisa Page, and text messages between them revealed a strong anti-Trump sentiment.

"The reality is if that was a widespread attitude at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we would be abolishing the Federal Bureau of Investigation", said Issa.

"He's a liar. I mean he is a good liar", Kallstrom said of Strzok during an interview on "The Evening Edit" on Thursday.

"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.

Giuliani's words followed those of other Republicans who attempted to seize on Strzok's texts with Page and his testimony as evidence of political bias toward Trump and his campaign, and as proof that the entire Mueller probe was propped up by a "deep state" intent on thwarting Trump's administration.

Goodlatte then tried to let Strzok respond to Gohmert's statements after the Texas Republican's time ended. Both Strzok and Page were booted from Mueller's investigation a year ago after he discovered their texts. "No he won't. We'll stop it".

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At one point, Strzok said he didn't appreciate an assertion from Gowdy, who retorted, "I don't give a damn what you appreciate". Peter Strzok oversaw the opening of the investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election.

"He thinks promising to stop someone he is supposed to be fairly investigating from ever becoming president isn't bias", Gowdy said.

"No, you didn't", Connolly said. Both agents had been working on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe at the time. He said it was not a declaration that he or the Federal Bureau of Investigation would improperly interfere with the electoral process. "And I've talked to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents around the country".

"This has been an attack on you and a way to attack Mr. [Robert] Mueller and the investigation that is to get at Russian conclusion involved in our election, which is what this committee should be looking at", Cohen said of Republican attacks on Strzok.

The contentious hearing follows hours of closed-door questioning last week.

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.

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