Anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok lashed-out at GOP lawmakers during his fiery testimony Thursday, claiming his politically charged text messages were based in his “deep patriotism.”
Strzok was addressing Congressional leaders this week when he was pressed on whether his private communications revealed deep-rooted political bias at the FBI and the DOJ.
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
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“I think it’s important when you look at those texts that you understand the context in which they were made and the things going on across America,” said Strzok. “I can assure you Mr. Chairman, at no time in any of these texts did these personal beliefs ever enter the realm of any action I’ve taken.”
Peter Strzok: Anti-Trump Text Messages Express My "Deep Patriotism" https://t.co/WxkTlXQYZZ
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“Having worked in national security for two decades and proudly served in the US Army those opinions were expressed out of deep patriotism and an unyielding belief in our great American democracy,” Strzok added. “At times my criticism was blunt, but despite how it has been characterized it was not limited to one person or one party.”
EPIC EXCHANGE: Trey Gowdy ROASTS Peter Strzok in EXPLOSIVE TESTIMONY
GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy unloaded on anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok during his fiery testimony before Congress Thursday, slamming the DOJ official over his political bias before and during the 2016 presidential election.
Gowdy was demanding answers from Strzok regarding his removal from Robert Mueller’s Russia probe when the exchange went off the rails; asking him “How long did you talk to him when he let you go?”
Things got heated when Trey Gowdy grilled Peter Strzok on his text message correspondence with Lisa Paige pic.twitter.com/m4jEBvZQzM
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“My recollection it was a short meeting, somewhere between 15 to 30 minutes, probably around 15 minutes,” Strzok said.
“And your testimony is: Bob Mueller did not kick you off because of the content of your texts; he kicked out you off because of some appearance he was worried about,” Gowdy asked.
“If you want to represent what you said accurately I’m happy to answer that question, but I don’t appreciate what was originally said being changed,” shot back Strzok.
“I don’t give a damn what you appreciate Agent Strzok,” Gowdy said. “I don’t appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016.”
BIAS ALERT: FBI Agents ‘PRESSURED’ to END Hillary Probe After Trump Nomination
Officials at the Department of Justice forked over hundreds of pages of previously unseen text messages to Congressional investigators over the weekend; revealing new details on how FBI agents were “pressured” to exonerate Hillary Clinton’s private email scandal after Donald Trump secured the GOP nomination in 2016.
New text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page shed new light on the level of anti-Trump bias and corruption throughout the agency in the run-up to the US presidential election; suggesting the bureau was hoping to conclude Clinton’s probe within minutes of Donald Trump’s victory over GOP opponent Senator Ted Cruz.
“Holy s*** Cruz just dropped out of the race. It’s going to be a Clinton Trump race. Unbelievable,” wrote Page in May of 2016.
“I saw Trump won, figured it would be a bit,” responded Strzok. “Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE.”
The reference to “MYE” refers to ‘Mid-Year Exam,’ the FBI code name for the ongoing investigation of Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information and use of a private email server.
According to CBS News, the conversation was included in Sen. Ron Johnson’s scathing letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, where the Homeland Security Chairman demanded answers over anti-Trump bias at the agency ahead of the 2016 election.