Republicans grilled FBI agent Peter Strzok during a congressional hearing on Thursday and it turned into a political slap fight. House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) asked Strzok questions and the FBI agent would answer them, but the Republican lawmaker kept interrupting. At the end of the
circus hearing, Strzok delivered a strong statement in defense of the FBI.
“Republican accusations that the FBI was biased against President Trump during the 2016 campaign deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive,” he said, according to The Hill.
“At no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took,” Strzok continued, and added that “multiple layers” of agents would never tolerate “improper behavior.”
“They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me any more than I would tolerate it in them,” he said. “That is who we are as the FBI, and the suggestion that I in some dark chamber somewhere in the FBI would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards, and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me.”
“The proposition that that is going on and that might occur anywhere in the FBI deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive,” Strzok said.
FBI Agent Peter Strzok applauded by Democratic members of House Oversight Committee after passionate response to Rep. Trey Gowdy, saying Gowdy’s accusation “deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive.” pic.twitter.com/m2Hbc9kPPQ
— ABC News (@ABC) July 12, 2018
Strzok noted that Trump insulted a war hero’s family during his campaign and said that because his remarks were so ‘disgusting,’ he didn’t think America would elect the former reality show star. He explained that that is what he meant in the texts.
Republicans claim that the texts Strzok and Lisa Page exchanged prove that there’s an anti-Trump bias at the FBI and that there’s a deep state conspiracy against the president*. Strzok shot those bizarre claims down.
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