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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) reminded Strzok that it took him one day after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel into the investigation of President Trump's campaign and Russian officials before the FBI agent talked about impeachment proceedings.

They said also that Page addressed questions that went unanswered during the public testimony Thursday of FBI agent Peter Strzok, who cited orders from the bureau not to disclose certain details about its work on the Clinton and Trump probes.

Republican lawmakers asked Strzok to read aloud many of his texts.

Goodlatte told Strzok he could answer, though Gohmert was visibly displeased.

Strzok's first open hearing descended into shouting matches during the 10-hour session on Thursday, with Republicans struggling to hide their emotions and Democrats jumping to the agent's defense. Democrats responded with a call to bring back before the committee former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who was not forced to answer certain questions.

After she did not appear on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said 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 is testifying publicly on Capitol Hill for the first time since the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that heavily criticized his comments.

We must speak with one voice in making clear to Vladimir Putin: "We will not allow you to interfere in our democratic processes or those of our allies".

Mr Strzok's case has been used by the president and many Republicans to discredit Mueller's investigation on alleged ties between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin.


Repulican Trey Gowdy of SC said Strzok exhibited "textbook bias" and in his mind had Clinton "winning the White House" before he finished her investigation.

Questioned by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Strzok became the first FBI or Department of Justice official to admit that Bruce Ohr, whose wife Nellie Ohr was hired by Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research against then-candidate Donald Trump, supplied the FBI with documents related to the Russian Federation counterintelligence investigation. "No he won't. We'll stop it".

"I think it's important when you look at those texts that you understand the context in which they were made and the things going on across America", said Strzok.

In an exchange with Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, chair of the House Oversight Committee, Strzok defended his "we'll stop" Trump text.

"They behaved like children", Jolly said on MSNBC. He said the text, written late at night and off-the-cuff, reflected his belief that Americans would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behaviour" by the presidential candidate. Strzok, a seasoned counterintelligence agent, helped lead both investigations but has since been reassigned to human resources. "It simply couldn't happen". He described the texts as "hate filled and biased".

He said he had "expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election" and that at times his "criticism was blunt", but that it was not limited to Trump.

"It felt like a public lynching", Dana Perino, a Fox News Host and a former White House press secretary under President George W Bush, said of the Republicans' interrogation of Strzok. "But", he said, "the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind".

Strzok acknowledged meeting with Rucker, but said he did not recall the "specific content". However, he insisted vehemently and repeatedly that his personal political views had absolutely no impact on his conduct at the FBI in the investigations involving either the Trump campaign or Clinton.

The contentious hearing follows hours of closed-door questioning last week. But despite the generally complimentary mood toward Page, Republicans weren't feeling any warmer toward Strzok.


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