Federal Bureau of Investigation agent: My work has never been tainted by political bias

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent: My work has never been tainted by political bias

Strzok declined to answer, saying that FBI counsel instructed him not to answer questions about an ongoing investigation. Originally, Fusion GPS was hired by Trump's Republican opponents to do research, but after he became the party's nominee Democrats began funding it.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman presiding over the joint committee hearing, tried to force Strzok to answer the question from Gowdy regarding the number of witnesses interviewed as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign last summer.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) then raised a motion to subpoena Bannon, demanding that Bannon appear before the Congress and answer questions.

Peter Strzok (struhk) testified publicly Tuesday for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of the texts a year ago.

Goodlatte moved to table the motion until the end of the hearing, which was approved by a voice vote, but Democrats objected and demanded a recorded vote.

'At no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took, ' Strzok said.

Gowdy sparred with Strzok in a combative line of questioning that led to an extended argument between leaders of the committee during the public hearing.

"I am particularly proud of the work that I and many others did on the Clinton email investigation".

"I do not have bias", he continued, adding that he believed he was sacked not because his personal opinions impacted his work, but because the texts gave the "perception" of bias. He said the texts reflected purely personal opinions that he never once acted on, though he did acknowledge being dismayed during the campaign by the Republican candidate's behavior. Republicans eager for ways to discredit Mueller's investigation have for months held up the texts from Strzok and Page to support allegations of anti-Trump bias within federal law enforcement.

On Friday, Page will sit down with the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees, which have sought her testimony for seven months. "Based on that, I will not answer that question".




He will say that he has never allowed personal opinions to infect his work and that he knew information during the campaign that could have damaged Trump but never contemplated leaking it.

Republicans have seized on Strzok and Page's tens of thousands of text messages over 2015-2017 - when both were involved in the Russian Federation investigation - as proof that the FBI is too riddled with bias to fairly investigate Trump.

"My presumption [was] based on that awful, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States, " he said.

"This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax", Strzok said in a statement to be delivered at the hearing.

A Washington Post-Schar School poll conducted from June 27 to July 2 suggests that the attacks by Trump and Republicans on the Russian Federation probe have had an impact, particularly among Republicans.

"Several Republicans, including Louie Gohmert, I will say, went way overboard, it felt like a public lynching", Perino continued on.

When Issa asked Strzok to repeat one text message that contained a profanity, the agent replied without missing a beat.

"But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind", Strzok said.

In one, Page asked Strzok if Trump was going to be president. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton.

Attorney Amy Jeffress told Fox News that Page could not appear before the committee on Wednesday because they didn't have enough time to prepare.

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