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Ex-FBI lawyer testifies after agent colleague faced Congress grilling
14 July 2018, 01:52 | Erica Roy
Room erupts in anger and disbelief after Rep. Louie Gohmert asks FBI agent Peter Strzok about affair
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz told the paper Page's answers: "heightened my concern that the processes at the Federal Bureau of Investigation were contrived to fit the desired outcomes of people who were biased in favor of Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump".
Page and Strzok exchanged thousands of messages on government-issued mobile phones - texts which came to light past year, and which were quoted in a report by the Justice Department inspector general which determined there was "no evidence" that the conclusions of prosecutors in the Clinton case were affected by bias.
Strzok denied that his political views expressed in the texts affected his professional work on Thursday, and Page also said there was "no bias" affecting her conduct, according to Jackson Lee. "'Do you think I can look her in the eye and tell her that I endorse Donald Trump when he acts like this and his apology ― that was no apology, that was an apology for getting caught".
"I don't appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016", Gowdy said. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation counter-intelligence agent stridently claimed his messages with Page were not evidence of extreme bias against Trump and often derided House Republicans for investigating him. It also reflects an effort to shift attention away from the content of Strzok's texts and onto what he says is the more pressing issue: the Russians' "grave attack" on American democracy and continuing efforts to divide the country.
Strzok also said he was one of the few people during the 2016 US election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that information could have derailed Trump's election chances. He added that it was a "situation where we can actually learn what's going on and the witness can actually answer the question".
Mr Strzok denied that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was biased against then-candidate Trump and rejected that his actions in the Russian Federation probe after the 2016 election had political motivations. Gowdy asked Strzok how many people he had interviewed as part of the Special Counsel before discussed impeachment for President Trump.
"You've been out of control since you've been on this committee", she said.
The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety through the texts.
Page left the bureau in May.
Republican lawmakers say former Federal Bureau of Investigation layer Lisa Page provided new information and was cooperative during closed-door testimony.