Democrats Obstruct Peter Strzok Hearing, Demand Steve Bannon Be Subpoenaed

13 July, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departs after a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in June 2017

Appearing before a joint session of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, Strzok sought to explain his anti-Trump text messages at a time when he was the lead agent on the FBI's then-nascent Russian Federation investigation in 2016.

At a time of fierce political divisions, few matters have polarized the public as much as the Russian Federation investigation, and Trump has relentlessly used his Twitter bully pulpit to criticize the probe, often seizing on Strzok and Page - the "two FBI lovers" - to make his point.

At that point, Rep. The interview will also be transcribed, too, according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Ohio. Special counsel Robert Mueller removed him from the investigation after it came to light he had sent text messages to Page insulting Trump and praising Clinton.

"There is the disgrace, and it won't be recaptured anytime soon because of the damage you've done to the justice system", he continued, addressing Strzok.

"Mr. Chairman, I do not believe I am here under subpoena, " Strzok said. "Why don't you leave it alone".

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After Watson Coleman had concluded her questioning, New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Upper West Side) said he prepared a letter that called for former Breitbart editor and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon be called to testify before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

Strzok sought to explain his texts, including when he told Page "we'll stop" Trump, which he said was written in response to Trump's attacks on a Gold Star family during the 2016 campaign.

"I testify today with significant regret, recognizing that my texts have created confusion and caused pain for people I love", Strzok said. And though Strzok clearly despised Trump, a recent thorough report from the Justice Department inspector general found no evidence that this bias affected any investigation or the election (and, of course, Trump won). "There is simply no evidence of bias in my official actions". Right?!" - to which Strzok answered, "No. "We'll stop it", Strzok told her.

Mr Strzok, a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent who has spent much of his career hunting down Russian spies in the United States, was dismissed by Mr Mueller last summer after he learned of the messages, which included disparaging comments about then-candidate Trump and his supporters (as well as Obama Justice Department officials and other Democratic and Republican politicians).

During his opening statement, House Oversight Committee ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland asserted that Republicans were trying to shut down a fruitful investigation.

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Page served as the chief legal adviser to the FBI's then-deputy director, Andrew McCabe. In it, Strzok describes his reluctance to work on behalf of the special counsel, and that seemed to imply he didn't think there would be substantial findings of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign team.

Strzok also clearly points out that the FBI's attorneys have told him to stay away from revealing any information about current investigations.

The seldom-enforced charge of contempt of Congress can be brought against someone for obstructing investigations.

The incident was one of several occasions throughout the hours-long hearing that Strzok faced personal attacks from Republicans including Gohmert, as well as Jim Jordan of Ohio, Trey Gowdy of SC and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.

Trump has repeatedly belittled Strzok publicly. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!" "It's a Democrat Con Job!"

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Goodlatte said he issued a subpoena to compel Page to talk to lawmakers Wednesday, but her attorney said she would not appear.

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