Hearing a 'victory notch in Putin's belt': Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in Russian Federation probe

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"I'll tell you what, this investigation started flawed with the dossier", he concluded.

As soon as the questions got underway, the hearing devolved into a partisan verbal brawl as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte struggled to maintain control of the crowded hearing room, which contained more than 70 members between the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety. "I never think that works well for a witness", the host continued. He said the FBI's Trump investigation originated not out of personal animus but rather from concern that Russia was seeking to meddle in the election, including what he said were credible allegations of a Russian offer of assistance to a Trump campaign associate.

He made clear his exasperation at being the focus of a hearing when Russian election interference had successfully sowed discord in America.

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.

The FBI portrait, painted in agonizing detail by headline-hunting congressional interrogators, was an ugly view of an institution that once enjoyed a reputation for political independence, honesty and integrity.

Strzok endured roughly 11 hours of testimony before House lawmakers Thursday, with many Republicans focusing on his text of "we'll stop it" in reference to Trump's campaign.

"My presumption, based on that terrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States", Strzok said. "So, I take great offense, and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn't".

"I am certain that Congress will have the opportunity to look at any investigation once it is closed", he said.

Strzok angrily responded, saying the "we'll stop it" text came in response to campaign occurrences such as Trump insulting the immigrant father of a fallen USA soldier. "It simply couldn't happen".

On Thursday, Strzok had his day in the hot seat before the House judiciary and oversight committees ― whom Kimmel called "bozos in the House" and a "collection of clowns".

That compelled one colleague, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), to yell out, "Do you need your medication?"

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page will be interviewed by two congressional committees this week, after declining to appear earlier this week. Chief among those skeptics was Rep. Louie Gohmert, the controversial Texas firebrand, who accused Strzok of lying to lawmakers. Gohmert speculated about whether he looked "so innocent" when he looked into his wife's eyes and lied about the affair. Democrats objected to Goodlatte's repeated attempts to get Strzok to answer.

The partisan fighting began from the very first question of the day, which prompted Goodlatte to threaten holding Strzok in contempt amid Democratic protests over whether Strzok could answer questions about the Russian Federation investigation.

Page served as the deputy counsel to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and worked briefly for the Mueller team, but was taken off the special counsel's staff when the text messages were discovered. The Department of Health and Human Services, which has custody of the minors, and the Department of Homeland Security, which has custody of most of the adults, said in joint statements that they reunited 57 children with their parents. Strzok's lawyer said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building last month as the disciplinary process proceeds.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear on Capitol Hill on Thursday, but did not comply with the order because Congress hadn't given her "sufficient time to prepare".

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