Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy tore into FBI official Peter Strzok during Thursday’s hearing before the House oversight and judiciary committees, accusing him of “textbook bias” with his anti-Trump texts.
Fox News reports,
A lengthy and fiery exchange between the two ended with a sharp rejoinder from the former prosecutor.
After Strzok said he was booted from the Russia probe over an “appearance” issue and not because of “bias,” he said he didn’t appreciate Gowdy saying otherwise.
“I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok,” Gowdy shot back. “I don’t appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations in 2016.”
Gowdy earlier argued that, in his mind, Strzok had former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “winning the White House” before he finished her investigation but had President Trump “impeached” before he began working on the probe of his campaign ties to Russia. Gowdy was citing derogatory comments Strzok made in text messages while working on the investigations.
“Agent Strzok had Hillary Clinton winning the White House before he finished investigating her,” Gowdy said. “Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him. That is bias. Agent Strzok may not see it but the rest of the country does, and it is not what we want, expect or deserve from any law enforcement officer much less the FBI.”
Gowdy then berated Strzok over the content of his text messages, his purported bias against Trump and why he was taken off of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election.
Strzok was testifying publicly on Capitol Hill for the first time since the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that heavily criticized his comments. Strzok has claimed he never allowed personal opinions to taint his work.
Strzok says an infamous text message saying “we’ll stop” the election of Donald Trump was written in response to a series of events including Trump’s “disgusting” insult of the family of a fallen American soldier. Strzok appeared to refer to derogatory statements Trump made about the family of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Following Gowdy’s questioning, Strzok responded strongly saying that he takes “great disagreement” to the allegations brought against him by the South Carolina legislator and that Strzok’s text messages represented his personal feelings and did not affect his work at the FBI.
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