Louie Gohmert caused an uproar at a congressional hearing Thursday when he accused an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent of lying under oath and asked him "how many times" did he look "so innocently into [his] wife's eyes and lie to her" about a marital affair.
Strzok testified before the House in a closed-door hearing in June, where Republicans railed against his credibility in claiming that his texts with Page were not evidence that he meant to block Trump from the presidency, as his critics have said an August 2016 message suggests.
"There is the disgrace", Gohmert said.
The texts included saying "we'll stop" Trump and also "F Trump".
"Mr. Strzok, if I could give you a Purple Heart, I would, " Cohen said when he began his questioning. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton. 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.
Strzok also said Thursday's hearing is "is just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart", calling it "profoundly painful to watch and even worse to play a part in".
"Credibility of a witness is always an issue", Gohmert retorted over the commotion.
Strzok had told Gowdy he was unable to answer a question related to the Russian Federation probe, saying he had been instructed not to comment on matters related to an ongoing investigation.
For the first time in a public forum, FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok delivered an impassioned defense against claims from House Republicans that he held biases against candidate Donald Trump that affected his official agency decisions as he helped lead an investigation into ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian Federation. What can she possibly say about her statements and lies.
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Cohen, in the interview, also specifically raised the point that he believes the intelligence communities over Trump. Earlier this year Giuliani had said a meeting could take place in weeks; he then extended that time frame.
Strzok argued that Mueller did not remove him from his team because of bias, but because of the perception the texts created.
"How can the Rigged Witch Hunt proceed when it was started, influenced and worked on, for an extended period of time, by former FBI Agent/Lover Peter Strzok?".
"But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind", Strzok said.
He says the investigation "goes to the very heart of our system of justice, one that is supposed to be fair and treat everyone equally under the law".
Representative David Cicilline told Strzok he is being used as "a prop, so they can promote an narrative in an ongoing effort to distract from the serious investigation by the special counsel that is closing in on the Trump inner circle".
The ranking Democrat on the panel, Jerrold Nadler of NY, urged Republicans not to use the Strzok hearing to attack special counsel Robert Mueller. First, it mounted a cautious investigation of what almost everyone now acknowledges was a comprehensive effort by Russian Federation to help Trump get elected, an effort that people on the Trump campaign and even in Donald Trump's own family tried to cooperate with.
That's according to prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press.
Page told investigators that she and Strzok were having an affair, according to a Justice Department Inspector General's report about the Clinton email investigation, and that they used their work devices to hide that from their spouses. He is testifying publicly Thursday for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of the text messages.
Strzok told lawmakers in his opening statement that he followed department protocol handling sensitive information about the extent of Russia's meddling in the US election and the Trump team's potential role in it.