This argument would nearly certainly fall apart before a judge, given the fact that the FBI Inspector General found no evidence that Peter Strzok's "political bias" affected the outcome of either the FBI's investigation into candidate Donald Trump or their investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton.
Throughout the hearing, Strzok denied that any of his animus toward Trump affected his work, and said lawmakers were taking his words out of context.
Republican members of the House judiciary and oversight committees grilled Strzok as they argued that text messages he exchanged with FBI lawyer Lisa Page colored the outcome of the Clinton investigation and undercut the ongoing Russian Federation probe.
Their messages were critical of then-candidate Trump. And particularly damaging was the fact that, according to unnamed U.S. officials, Strzok played a role in changing former FBI Director James Comey's wording regarding how she handled classified information from "gross negligence" to the noncriminal "extremely careless".
Norm Ornstein, a scholar at the centrist American Enterprise Institute, said the Republicans at the hearing showed no "notion of seeing Russian Federation as an adversary" and they were "all trying to do what Donald Trump wants them to do".More news: PM announces new Canada-led training mission in Iraq
Rep. Gohmert went after FBI agent Peter Strzok for cheating on his wife throughout the investigations into Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee said he would give Strzok a Purple Heart if he could.
The hearing was often raucous and seemed at times more like a TV comedy about Congress than a real committee hearing.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the congressional focus on the "internal workings of the special counsel's investigation" distracts from more critical questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the need to protect future USA elections from foreign influence.More news: Nets Trade Jeremy Lin to the Hawks
On Thursday, Strzok said the message was written late at night after Trump's campaign comments disparaging a slain USA soldier. That text was at the forefront of the hours long back-and-forth with Republican lawmakers Thursday.
'Peter Strzok's testimony was a disgrace, ' Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, said afterward.
This, I think, is a smart tactic-playing defense would allow the Republicans to continue insinuating guilt, while going on the offensive against their inquisitors casts the accusations in their proper partisan light. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman said: 'I have never seen my colleagues so out of control, so angry'. Both Strzok and Page were booted from Mueller's investigation previous year after he discovered their texts. Strzok, a seasoned counterintelligence agent, helped lead both investigations but has since been reassigned to human resources.
The ICIG has not publicly disclosed the findings Gohmert described in the meeting between Rucker and Strzok, but the congressman said the watchdog can document them.
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After the commotion died down, Gohmert used the remainder of his time to ask Strzok if he had spoken to Clinton more than once and to remark, incredulously, "So after throwing away what you have, with all the bias you have, you've never even gotten a thank you". Strzok's lawyer said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building last month as the disciplinary process proceeds.