My work has never been tainted by political bias — Federal Bureau of Investigation agent

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Strzok said he didn't have to answer the question because, despite being subpoenaed by the committee, he had previously said he would speak voluntarily.

He will say that he has never allowed personal opinions to infect his work and that he knew information during the campaign that could have damaged Trump but never contemplated leaking it.

Trump has regularly taken to Twitter to blast Strzok and Page.

The White House said President Trump is monitoring the hearing from Europe.

A joint House hearing to question an FBI agent who worked on investigations involving both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton quickly devolved into chaos as Republicans demanded he answer questions about the Russian Federation investigation.

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

Republicans appealed to Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep.

"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?"

"Like many people, I had and expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election. opinions that were not always expressed in terms I am proud of", he said.

One of the recent hobgoblins of the right is that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had (has?) an explicit anti-Trump bias, and that this has corrupted them ideologically and led to partisan efforts to undermine the president. As the hearing began, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings had staffers hold up large signs of people who have pleaded guilty in Mueller's probe.

Republicans, unsatisfied with Strzok's explanations Thursday, remained on the offensive throughout the hearing.

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The hearing reflected a little-discussed reality of public service: Law enforcement agents and other government workers are permitted to espouse political views but are expected to keep them separate from their work.

During his time, Gohmert had repeatedly asked Strozk questions about the Hillary Clinton private email server probe that he headed up but Strzok said he could not recall much of what the congressman was asking.

He insisted that separation was possible.

To which Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, responded, "And I don't believe you".

"Mr. Gowdy, as I've stated, that text was written late at night in shorthand". "So, I take great offense, and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn't". He mentioned an insurance policy that many allege was the Trump dossier, which was compiled by Fusion GPS, who had been hired by the Clinton campaign to find dirt on Trump.

This prompted Gohmert in turn to raise his voice, turn to Strzok and say, "No, the disgrace is what this man has done to our justice system". It simply couldn't happen.

Strzok declined to answer a question from Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, about interviews he conducted during the FBI's Russian Federation probe, saying the agency had directed him not to discuss ongoing investigations. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"

Republicans have seized on Strzok and Page's tens of thousands of text messages over 2015-2017 - when both were involved in the Russian Federation investigation - as proof that the FBI is too riddled with bias to fairly investigate Trump. Gohmert speculated about whether he looked "so innocent" when he looked into his wife's eyes and lied about the affair. A fellow Democrat chimed in: "Are there any rules against what they are doing?" But Hillary lost and Peter Strzok is on the stand ... you're going to see him. Gohmert tried to shout over him and the committee chairman vainly tried to restore order. Goodlatte eventually let the hearing proceed without calling the panel into recess.

Strzok acknowledged that while his text message criticism was "blunt", it was not directed at one person or political party and included jabs not only at Trump but also at Clinton and Sen.

Furthermore, Strzok claimed to have had intel that could have thwarted Trump's campaign. But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind.