Peter Strzok hearing revealed one thing - Washington's partisan dysfunction

Rep. Steve Cohen

Rep. Steve Cohen

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Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI counterintelligence official deeply involved in the Russian Federation investigation of Trump's campaign, insisted he was impartial despite his controversial August 2016 text exchange with ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was then having an affair.

After receiving a report in late March from the U.S. Justice Department with "new information", Congress has made a decision to further investigate the circumstances around his killing.

"There is significant new info she has provided", Meadows said, adding that he wouldn't discuss details unless transcripts of the interviews were released.

Conservatives proceeded to cast one of those text messages as the smoking gun in its case against Strzok in particular, and the FBI investigation into Trump, in general: In response to a message from Page expressing horror at the thought of Trump's election, Strzok replied, "We'll stop it". President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him.

Republicans went so far as to even praise Page for her testimony after she had been threatened with contempt earlier in the week.

'At no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took, ' Strzok said. "We did not see the smug attitude that we saw from Strozk".

This is Strzok responding to Republican lawmakers questioning him about one of the messages.

"They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me anymore than I would tolerate it in them", Strzok said.

"She's an irrelevant actor in a sideshow", Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, said of Page.

"It's much more sedate, much more calm", said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat.

Connolly continued to point out the hypocrisy by reading out tweets and statements from other Republican lawmakers before Trump was president, including: Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Rep. Barbra Comstock (R-Va.), Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) Sen.

Republican members of the committee were expected to grill Strzok for hours as they argue that the text messages with Lisa Page coloured the outcome of the Clinton email investigation and undercut the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.

As the shouts continue, the man appears to be pursing his lips, but after a woman is heard yelling out and asking Gohmert if he needed his medication, the man appears to lose his composure.

Gowdy seized on one message that has received particular attention from right-wing media outlets, an August 8, 2016, text in which Strzok, discussing with Page the prospect of a Trump win, says, "No".

An attorney for Page said she skipped out on her initial interview on Wednesday, because she did not have enough time to review documents ahead of her testimony.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for engaging in "large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 USA presidential election". Both Strzok and Page were booted from Mueller's investigation previous year after he discovered their texts.

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