Amid the sound and fury from the insufferable Democrats acting as obstructionists and cheerleaders during disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Thursday, an extremely important revelation was nearly lost in the noise. Right?!" Strzok replied, "No.
Strzok helped lead two of the FBI's most high-profile investigations: inquiries into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. He described the texts as "hate filled and biased". All the way back to late 2015 and early 2016.
Trump and his allies have suggested the texts are proof of a so-called deep state conspiracy against him, and that the Mueller probe is a politically motivated "witch hunt".
The 2008 Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly challenged Mueller's appointment and claimed no collusion took place between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, while personally attacking Mueller and any findings of his probe.
"They did nothing", Gohmert said of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The unsubstantiated accusations drew forceful objections from Democrats, including from Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, who called Gohmert's comments a "disgrace".
"What is wrong with us?" Bonnie Watson Coleman, saying, "You need your medication".
After some more commotion, Strzok responded: "The fact that you would question whether or not that was the sort of look I would engage with in a family member who I have acknowledged hurting, goes more to a discussion about your character and what you stand for and what is going inside you".
Goodlatte told Strzok he could answer, though Gohmert was visibly displeased.
"Only with your own counsel", Goodlatte responded. "Aw, Mr. Chairman, this is outrageous", one Democrat complained.
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He then mocked Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) over an fiery exchange he had with Strzok. "Agent Strzok may not see it, but the rest of the country does". "It was the existence of your bias that got you kicked off", Gowdy said. Last year, he was reassigned from Mueller's team after the compromising texts emerged. "If you want to represent what you said accurately I am happy to answer that question, but I don't appreciate what was originally said being changed". "No he won't. We'll stop it".
"Congressman, I have to say that I was looking forward to this".
On Thursday, Strzok said the message was written late at night after Trump's campaign comments disparaging a slain USA soldier. "I think not", Goodlatte said.
In a chaotic hearing that spanned 10 hours, he insisted he never allowed personal opinions to affect his work, though he did acknowledge being dismayed by Donald Trump's behavior during the campaign. Strzok asked when Issa asked him to repeat one message.
"You lost your credibility, that's the problem", he repeated. "Okay sir. Sure, happy to indulge you".
But Republicans insisted Strzok's testimony showed the extent to which bias infected the Russian Federation inquiry.
Strzok's statement also denied that political considerations have ever affected his official acts as an investigator. "This will show that this is the entire joint investigation is at best a partisan distraction from more important matters".
Page's appearance follows Strzok's explosive public hearing appearance on Thursday, where he tangled openly with Republican lawmakers.
After she did not appear on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan that "congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional", warning Page that the House could move to hold her in contempt if she did not comply.
Strzok has met with members of the House Judiciary Committee privately, but his hearing scheduled for Thursday is open. So much corruption on the other side.