Strzok appeared before the House judiciary and oversight committees to face questions, mainly from Republican lawmakers, about text messages he sent during the 2016 presidential campaign to a fellow Federal Bureau of Investigation employee, with whom he was having an affair, expressing his personal distaste for President Donald Trump.
At one point, Strzok refused to answer questions, citing a directive by Federal Bureau of Investigation attorneys, leading the chairman to threaten him with contempt of Congress. Democrats objected to Goodlatte's repeated attempts to get Strzok to answer. Democrats responded with a call to bring back before the committee former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who was not forced to answer certain questions.
Lisa Page was subpoenaed for a deposition before the House Judiciary Committee. The 26-year Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran Strzok faced myriad attacks on his professional and personal life from House Republicans over his text messages and affair with former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page.
Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who led the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and previously worked on the investigation into links between the Russian government and President Donald Trump's campaign, was testifying before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.
Repulican Trey Gowdy of SC said Strzok exhibited "textbook bias" and in his mind had Clinton "winning the White House" before he finished her investigation.
He said Republicans were pressing Page about the intent behind the text messages she had exchanged with Strzok, which included many anti-Trump missives, as well as a message in which Strzok had said "we'll stop" Trump. "No he won't. We'll stop it".
"You need to understand that that was written late at night, off the cuff, and it was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero, and my presumption based on that terrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States". He said the late-night, off-the-cuff text reflected his belief that Americans would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behavior" by the presidential candidate. "It simply couldn't happen". He described the texts as "hate filled and biased".
Strzok said the proposition that there is a conspiracy going within the nation's foremost domestic law enforcement agency "deeply corrodes" faith in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
FBI Agent Peter Strzok Faces Off with Lawmakers in Contentious Hearing
At one point, Strzok said he didn't appreciate an assertion from Gowdy, who retorted, "I don't give a damn what you appreciate". Both Strzok and Page were booted from Mueller's investigation a year ago after he discovered their texts. "No he won't.
Meadows and others said they weren't ready to detail what new information she revealed about the text messages with Strzok - with whom she was romantically involved - as well as early Federal Bureau of Investigation actions and decisions in the Russian Federation inquiry.
In his opening statement, Strzok said he has never allowed personal opinions to infect his work, that he knew information during the campaign that had the potential to damage Trump but never contemplated leaking it and that the focus put on him by Congress is misguided and plays into "our enemies' campaign to tear America apart".
"It wasn't the discovery of your texts, Mr. Strzok". Gowdy asked Strzok how many people he had interviewed as part of the Special Counsel before discussed impeachment for President Trump.
"To suggest we can parse down the shorthand like they're some contract for a vehicle is simply not consistent with my or most people's use of text messaging", Strzok said, practically yelling at Gowdy.
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".
FBI Director Chris Wray has said employees who were singled out for criticism by the inspector general have been referred to internal disciplinary officials.
"She's an irrelevant actor in a sideshow", Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, said of Page.