GOP lawmakers: Lisa Page more 'credible' witness than Peter Strzok

Chairman Bob Goodlatte recognizes a member during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington

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"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.

Representative Louie Gohmert went so far as to call out Strzok over his affair with Page, while other House Republicans, including Trey Gowdy, Jim Jordan and Bob Goodlatte, chastised him over what they believed was bias toward Trump during the investigations of Hillary Clinton's private email server and the Trump campaign's alleged contacts with Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

"The top DOJ official, Bruce Ohr, actually hands parts of the dossier to the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Strzok was removed from the special counsel probe after the text messages were discovered a year ago, while Page had already left.

This, I think, is a smart tactic-playing defense would allow the Republicans to continue insinuating guilt, while going on the offensive against their inquisitors casts the accusations in their proper partisan light.

"To suggest we can parse down the shorthand like they're some contract for a auto is simply not consistent with my or most people's use of text messaging", Strzok said, practically yelling at Gowdy.

"President Trump should absolutely cancel this meeting with Putin", Mr. Perez said.

Strzok insisted during the explosive hearing that the biases within his text messages didn't translate into biased actions, arguing that lawmakers and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents alike harbor political biases that aren't supposed to affect their official duties.

As you heard on this clip, there was a lawyer that sat behind him the entire time and directed him not to answer any questions about the Russian Federation investigation.

Like Strzok, Page said the political views she had expressed in anti-Donald Trump text messages did not affect her work at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, lawmakers from both parties said.

He made clear his exasperation at being the focal point of a congressional hearing when Russian election interference has been "sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions".

Strzok repeatedly insisted the texts, including ones in which he called Trump a "disaster" and said "We'll stop" a Trump candidacy, did not reflect political bias and had not infected his work.

Peter Strzok: "That was written late at night, off the cuff, and it was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero".

But there was one bombshell revelation that our friend Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1) dropped during the hearing for which Strzok had no arrogant parry. "Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman, please", one said.

Meadows called Page a "very credible witness", and said she had been "falsely accused" of not wanting to cooperate with the committee, a charge that had been levied by his fellow Republicans and President Trump...

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

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page will be interviewed by two congressional committees this week, after declining to appear earlier this week.

FBI Director Chris Wray says employees who were singled out for criticism in the report have been referred to internal disciplinary officials. Strzok's lawyer has said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building last month as the disciplinary process winds its way through the system.

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