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Mr Strzok has been widely criticized for a text exchange he had during the electoral campaign with an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer, who asked him if Mr Trump would be president, to which the agent responded: "No, he " s not.
Strzok was grilled by members of Congress over allegations of apparent anti-Trump bias revealed in a series of text messages he exchanged with ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair. Democrats objected to Goodlatte's repeated attempts to get Strzok to answer.
Further, Strzok admitted on Thursday there are further texts on his personal phone that have never been made available, said Issa.
Strzok called it "horrible and disgusting behaviour", and said he was stating his opinion the electorate would "stop" a candidate like that. "It was, in no way, unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process".
"At no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok testified. And the suggestion that I, in some dark chamber somewhere in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me.
President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani blasted FBI agent Peter Strzok's congressional testimony of in a tweet early Friday morning, calling it a "disgrace" that "taints" special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety.
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 US elections from foreign influence.
"It wasn't the discovery of your texts, Mr. Strzok".
The sharp tone of Strzok's statement set the stage for a contentious hearing following hours of closed-door questioning last week. Both Strzok and Page were booted from Mueller's investigation previous year after he discovered their texts.
Republicans, on the other hand, peppered Strzok with questions and expressed outrage that's been building for months.