At FBI Agent's Hearing, Congressman Shades Republicans Who Also Criticized Trump

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John Ratcliffe of Texas and Matt Gaetz of Florida, characterized Page's closed-door testimony as more forthcoming than Strzok's, because she answered more questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, as well as the Hillary Clinton probe.

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.

"Sir, that's an expression of speech".

Mr Strzok denied that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was biased against then-candidate Trump and rejected that his actions in the Russian Federation probe after the 2016 election had political motivations. Virginia GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, said the rule only applies to members of Congress and the President.

In the prepared remarks, Strzok acknowledges that while his text message criticism was "blunt", it was not directed at one person or political party, and included jabs not only at Trump, but also at Clinton as well as Sen. Right?!" Strzok replied, "No. I do not have bias.

Further, Strzok admitted on Thursday there are further texts on his personal phone that have never been made available, said Issa. Gowdy interjected. "Hang on a second".

During the daylong meeting, Strzok sparred with Republicans, who lashed out at him in often sharply personal exchanges.

"And potential criminal liability - do you understand that?"

Democrats said it was notable how much more subdued Friday's interview was compared with the charged environment during Thursday's public hearing with Strzok.

'At no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took, ' Strzok said. Strzok's lawyer has said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building last month as the disciplinary process winds its way through the system. "The suggestion that I'm in some dark chamber somewhere in the Federal Bureau of Investigation [and] would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards, and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me - it simply couldn't happen".

"I can't help but wonder, when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eye and lie to her about Lisa Page!"

New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he thought it was against House rules to impugn the character of a witness.

The hearing lasted five hours and may resume on Monday.

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