Ex-FBI lawyer next to face grilling over anti-Trump texts

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"At no time, in any of those texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok said.

A joint House hearing to question FBI agent Peter Stzrok quickly devolved into chaos as Republicans demanded he answer questions about the Russian Federation investigation.

Embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok faced off with House Republicans Thursday at a fiery and raucous hearing where he forcefully defended his actions in the Hillary Clinton email and Russian Federation investigations amid sharp attacks over the anti-Trump text messages he sent.

Page told investigators that she and Strzok were having an affair, according to a Justice Department Inspector General's report about the Clinton email investigation, and that they used their work devices to hide that from their spouses.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa made Strzok read his texts aloud, including some with profane language.

In Thursday's hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, Republicans hope to further undermine the credibility of the investigation and head off any potential effort to impeach Trump.

"Would anyone sitting here today believe that this was an acceptable state of affairs, particularly at an agency whose motto is "Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity?"

"That was being used in the context of me not knowing what it would lead to", Mr. Strzok said.

But that's unlikely to be the focus of Thursday's hearing.

Here's what you need to know about Strzok and the hearing.

"Of course I do", said Peter Strzok.

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He insisted that separation was possible.

But, he added in a raised voice and emphatic tone, "It was in no way - unequivocally - any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate". So I take great offense. Strzok also sent messages saying "God trump is a loathsome human" and "Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart".

Declaring an inquisition by the House of Representatives to be "just another victory notch in Putin's belt"-which assumes that Vladimir Putin actually wears a belt and does not simply command his pants not to fall down-FBI "lover boy" Peter Strzok dodged beanball after beanball Thursday at a congressional hearing called to find out whether such subtle tweets as "F- Trump" might be interpreted to suggest that he may not be a strong admirer of the current president of the United States". It simply couldn't happen. He's just trying to make this case, but I think it's a tough case for him to make because of the simple nature of those texts.

"How can the Rigged Witch Hunt proceed when it was started, influenced and worked on, for an extended period of time, by former FBI Agent/Lover Peter Strzok?".

Republicans including President Donald Trump have seized upon Strzok's texts - which included allusions to stopping Trump - as evidence of a biased and even corrupt law enforcement investigation.

But then Gohmert accused Strzok of lying, and the Democratic lawmakers intervened, demanding the Texas Republican withdraw his unproven assertion. The Democrats are the ringmasters of political circuses-and they're only drive by their crap narratives and feelings.

"The fact that you would accuse me otherwise - the fact that you would question whether or not that was the sort of look I would engage with in a family member who I have acknowledged hurting - goes more to a discussion about your character and what you stand for and what is going inside you". Gohmert tried to shout over him and the committee chairman vainly tried to restore order.

In a raucous scene, Democrats objected to Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte's (R., Va.) attempts to get Strzok to answer a question by Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) about the Russian Federation investigation. "But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind", he said.

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

The sharp tone of Strzok's statement set the stage for a contentious hearing following hours of closed-door questioning last week.

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