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Stephen Lynch was confused with Louie Gohmert during Peter Strzok hearing

14 July, 2018, 08:05 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Goodlatte let the embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation agent go ahead anyway.

Peter Strzok's 10-hour showdown with congressional lawmakers, a made-for-TV spectacle that featured far more drama than substance, was an airing of the deep partisan divide surrounding the special counsel's investigation into whether associates of Donald Trump conspired with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

But the hearing was the American public's first flesh and blood view of Strzok, this key figure in the FBI's Hillary Clinton email and Russian Federation investigations - and it wasn't pretty. "And I've talked to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents around the country". "If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would".

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the congressional focus on the "internal workings of the special counsel's investigation" distracts from more critical questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the need to protect future USA elections from foreign influence.

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

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. He was removed from this team after the release of a series of personal text messages he had exchanged with a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, in which Strzok expressed his personal opposition to Trump.

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Strzok struck a combative tone throughout the hearing, telling congressmen, "Today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart".

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".

"Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took", he is expected to say.

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.

The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton. Last year, he was reassigned from Mueller's team after the compromising texts emerged.

Page is expected to speak to lawmakers at a private meeting Friday.

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