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Peter Strzok testifies, reveals partisan warfare (VIDEO)

Peter Strzok appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to testify about his part in regards to the improper handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation and Robert Mueller’s RussiaGate investigation. The hearing was so contentious and partisan that it stalled at this point for quite a while.

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The Republicans went one way with this, and the Democrats went the other. All the while, Agent Strzok sat there as all this happened. Representative Bob Goodlatte was furious with the situation, as one can see.

Vox News reported on this as well, calling the event a “ridiculous circus.” 

FBI agent Peter Strzok’s testimony before Congress on Thursday collapsed into a full-on partisan circus, with Republican and Democratic members shouting at each other, House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte threatening to hold Strzok in contempt, and Democrats staging an over-the-top political stunt…

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Strzok exchanged a series of text messages with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair, that were critical of Trump. In one particularly controversial exchange, Page texted Strzok that she was worried Trump might win. “No. No, he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok reassured her.

Trump and many of his Republican allies have seized on these text messages as proof of anti-Trump bias in the FBI and to discredit the Mueller probe — the investigation Trump calls a “Rigged Witch Hunt.”

His appearance before a joint session of the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees on Thursday was the first time he had publicly testified before Congress since the revelations about his texts.

It was bound to be a contentious hearing — and so far, it has been.

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, immediately accused Reps. Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, of deliberately trying to interfere with the special counsel investigation after Mueller obtained five guilty pleas from people associated with the Trump campaign in recent months.

And Cummings brought along some pretty spectacular signs to make the point.

As he spoke, Democratic staffers held huge signs with the names and photos of the five people affiliated with the Trump campaign who have already pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe: former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, London lawyer Alexander van der Zwaan, and Richard Pinedo, a California man who committed identity theft as part of the Russian election interference campaign.

Republicans first objected to the sign-holding, but seemed to back off when Democrats asked them to cite which rules the signs violated. The signs stayed up as Cummings listed what Flynn et al had pleaded guilty to and slammed Republicans for interfering with the advancement of the Trump-Russia probe.

As the hearing continued, lawmakers fought over what kinds of questions Strzok should be obligated to answer.

Gowdy’s very first question for Strzok — about how many witnesses he had interviewed in the opening days of Russia probesparked a huge debate. Strzok responded that he was not permitted to answer the question based on instructions from the FBI. Then Goodlatte threatened to hold Strzok in contempt for not answering the question.

“Mr. Strzok, you are under subpoena and are required to answer the question,” Goodlatte said.

Democratic lawmakers interrupted Goodlatte and objected loudly in defense of Strzok.

“This demand puts Mr. Strzok in an impossible position,” Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, responded. “If we have a problem with this policy we should take it up with the FBI, not badger Mr. Strzok.”

Strzok then asked to speak to the FBI general counsel before answering the question.

When Goodlatte responded that Strzok could only consult “with your own counsel,” that set off another testy exchange. Per CNN:

At one point, Strzok suggested that his removal from the special counsel’s Russia investigation was driven by optics. “It is not my understanding that he kicked me off because of any bias … it was done based on the appearance,” Strzok said, adding that he “didn’t appreciate” the way Gowdy was framing the issue.

Gowdy replied, “I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok.”

“I don’t appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016,” Gowdy added.

The stakes are high here, which may explain the tense nature of the hearing. If Strzok’s defense of his past actions is received well by the public, he could potentially deal a serious blow to the power of right-wing narratives about FBI corruption.

But if he comes off looking bad it will do damage to the credibility of the Mueller probe — and Mueller’s ability to investigate the full extent of Trumpworld’s relationship with Russia.

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Daisy Adler
Daisy Adler
September 5, 2018

“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Strzok exchanged a series of text messages with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair” Never forget what exactly Peter Strzok wrote to his mistress Lisa Page: “Donald Trump is an idiot and awful … Hillary Clinton should win 100,000,000 – 0 … we are preparing talking points for FBI Director James Comey to give to president Obama, who wants to know everything we’re doing …” “Trump’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?! This man can not be president” Lisa Page, wrote to Strzok. He replied, “No. No,… Read more »

Daisy Adler
Daisy Adler
September 5, 2018

Why would Russia have colluded with any of the American candidates?
As Putin said, the American presidents may change, but their politics toward his country does not.
IMO, Russia thought that the American voters had to choose between two candidates: the pest and the cholera.

Gio Con
Gio Con
September 5, 2018

If Peter Strzok isn’t criminally insane, he is, at least, a pathetic example of the mental disease currently rampant among liberals. Every word coming out of his mouth is a lie, an excuse, an obfuscation. And the Democrats in Congress are aggressively supporting this behavior simply because they hate Trump. This is the state of US politics — the people and the nation don’t matter. What matters only is the Party. We have seen this uber-Party loyalty before in history. And it never ended well.

Seán Murphy
Seán Murphy
September 5, 2018

Who writes this stuff? A basic course in English usage and spelling is in order for the author. One word misused is ” obligated”. There is no such word in English, the correct word is “obliged”.

colum
colum
September 5, 2018

Saw a vid of the inquest. Strozzy was massacred for his troubles. Bloody funny.

Guess
Guess
September 5, 2018

Right, this poor Trump, Putin and Russia hating scum is just a pawn. This writer is a f…ing imbecile!

franz kafka
franz kafka
September 5, 2018

Strzuch {sic] is bad enough but look at the assholes behind him.

I think I see the spectre of a rotting Brzezinski there too.

And I do not mean Mika. Though rotten she is.

franz kafka
franz kafka
September 5, 2018

“If we have a problem with this policy we should take it up with the FBI, not badger Mr. Strzok.”
LOL Who the fuck is the FBI is not this miserable turd, Strzok and all his accomplices?

All of them paradon! They are all parasites and enemies of the people.

franz kafka
franz kafka
September 5, 2018

Mr Mxzyptlk (Strzok) comes out of the closet to lie some more.

Giuliani comes out of the closet to tell the truth.

It’s a topsy turvey world in the Talmudo-Satanist USA.

If you spell Gestapo backwards, you get Opatseg.
If you spell OTAN backwards you get NATO.

NATOOTAN the only evil agency to ever have a palindrome to designate it.

Satan will have his little jokes… and ‘tells’.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
Rastislav Veľká Morava
September 5, 2018

Take this deceitful insane Polak Govno out back for a bullet.

AM Hants
AM Hants
September 5, 2018

The DNC must so proud, plus seriously freaking out. Seriously disgusting, how they play the system, with so much ease. Is nobody accountable for anything these days?

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