Strzok was dismissed from Robert Mueller's team once the text messages were uncovered by internal investigations. But their high-level roles in two politically charged investigations have made the two FBI veterans central to GOP, and Trump, claims of bias at the highest levels of the bureau.
Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, said in a statement Thursday: "Pete welcomes the release of the transcript of his closed-door testimony, which we have been calling for since he voluntarily testified last June. It is further evidence that, contrary to the impression that the President's allies in Congress tried to create with their selective and often inaccurate leaks, Pete at all times discharged his duties honorably, patriotically, and without regard to his personal political opinions". "And, we're going to say, we're going to get this out and we're going to put it in ways that people can easily understand, not a large dump, we're going to take it methodically as we go, as we get them cleared, and we're going to get them out to the American people". "We need to go, based on the gravity of this allegation, go investigate it and get to the bottom of it". But his comments in the transcript of the closed-door interview are the most thorough to date explaining a text Strzok sent Page saying they could not take the "risk" of Trump getting elected.
Page explained that since she and Strzok were both involved with the counterintelligence investigation of possible Russian collusion during the 2016 election, the "insurance policy" was a reference to how the investigation would magnify if Trump became president. "He is making an analogy", Page said.
Former FBI attorney Lisa Page told congressional investigators previous year that Peter Strzok - a senior FBI agent in the probes into the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns - joined special counsel Robert Mueller's team because if it resulted in impeachment it could be good for his career.
Strzok also said Comey initially concluded Clinton had shown "gross negligence" in how she handled classified information - a finding that could lead to charges - but dialed that back to "extreme carelessness" by the time he finished his memo. In media appearances following the tarmac meeting, Lynch - without disclosing her involvement in the case and seemingly already knowing the outcome of the investigation - said that she would "accept the recommendations" of the FBI.
Then-FBI Director James Comey announced in a July 2016 press conference that while Clinton, then the Democrat presidential nominee, had been "extremely careless" in handling classified information, "no reasonable prosecutor" would attempt to bring a case against her.