Strzok’s Testimony Before the House should be “shown to the public”
FLASH Peter Strzok’s explanation of anti-Trump hate texts is not believable.
Peter Strzok’s Testimony Before the House should be “shown to the public on live television, not a closed door hearing that nobody will see.”
Peter Strzok is an FBI agent who worked on investigations into Democrat Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump’s campaign testified behind closed doors to a House committee Wednesday as GOP lawmakers stepped up efforts to highlight what they say is bias at the Justice Department.
Peter Strzok exchanged anti-Trump texts with a colleague, FBI attorney Lisa Page, as both worked on the Clinton investigation and briefly on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.
House Republicans say the texts are part of multiple investigations into the Justice Department, the FBI and decisions that both made during the 2016 Presidential election.
In one of the texts, from August 2016, Mr. Strzok wrote, “We’ll stop it,” in reference to a potential Trump election win.
The GOP criticism against the Justice Department comes just a few months before the midterm elections, and amid intense sparring between the parties over Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to undermine Mueller’s investigation for political gain.
President Donald Trump criticized the closed-door interview earlier with Mr. Strzok this week, saying that it should be “shown to the public on live television, not a closed door hearing that nobody will see.”
House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) said there will also be a public hearing with Mr. Strzok testifying.
Mr. Strzok had a leading role on the investigation into whether Clinton illegally mishandled classified information through her use of a private e-Mail server while Secretary of State.
Later joined Mr. Mueller’s team investigating Russian election interference, but was reassigned last Summer after the discovery of anti-Trump text messages he had traded with the FBI lawyer. Ms. Page had already left Mueller’s team.
The Republicans’ charges of bias were bolstered earlier this month by a report by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog that faulted top department officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, for their handling of the probe of Clinton’s e-Mails.
The report also detailed the communications by Mr. Strzok and others criticizing President Trump.
Recently, Mr. Strzok was escorted from the FBI building as his disciplinary process winds through the system, his lawyer has said.
The Strzok interview is one of several meetings this week in which House Republicans are criticizing the Justice Department.
At a contentious session Tuesday, the GOP-led Judiciary panel approved a new resolution requesting the department provide documents, despite an existing agreement to do so that was announced by House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office over the weekend.
Republican Reps. Mark Meadows (NC) and Jim Jordan (OH), 2 very vocal critics of the Clinton investigation, were behind the resolution, which could be considered on the House floor as soon as this week.
Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will appear at an open hearing to testify about both investigations and the documents Republicans are seeking. Mr. Goodlatte said he intends to use Thursday’s hearing to question Messrs Wray and Rosenstein about complying with the requests and that he encouraged “others to do the same.”
Democrats angrily fought the resolution approved Tuesday, which is nonbinding but says the documents listed must be provided within 2 weeks.
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