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

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departs after a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in June 2017

Her lawyer said Page had offered to voluntarily appear before the committees later this month but needed more clarification about what the lawmakers would be asking.

Today was one of those times, as FBI agent Peter Strzok testified in a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, the latest chapter in the saga of Republican attempts to prove that any and all investigation into Russia's attempt to manipulate the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's eager cooperation with that effort is a "witch hunt".

After Watson Coleman had concluded her questioning, New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Upper West Side) said he prepared a letter that called for former Breitbart editor and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon be called to testify before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

In a raucous scene, Democrats objected to Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte's (R., Va.) attempts to get Strzok to answer a question by Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) about the Russian Federation investigation.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight committee, said, "Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him". "This decision is long overdue".

He said that his text messages critical of Trump shortly after the investigation began were in response to Trump's behavior on the campaign trail - and not a reflection of his investigative intent.

Strzok testified before the House in a closed-door hearing in June, where Republicans railed against his credibility in claiming that his texts with Page were not evidence that he meant to block Trump from the presidency, as his critics have said an August 2016 message suggests.

Republicans have cited Page's and Strzok's messages as evidence about what they call bias inside federal law enforcement and that conspirators launched the Russian Federation investigation out of partisan animus.

In one, Page asked Strzok if Trump was going to be president.

Strzok had told Gowdy he was unable to answer a question related to the Russian Federation probe, saying he had been instructed not to comment on matters related to an ongoing investigation.

As Gohmert went through his speaking time at a hearing on Thursday with the agent accused of anti-Trump bias, the Texas Republican sparred with another lawmaker, who called his statements a "disgrace".

The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety through the texts. His texts with Page have come under heavy scrutiny following their release in the Justice Department Inspector General's report last month, including one in which he states "we'll stop it", in reference to a Trump election victory. Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER! "If you want to represent what you said accurately I am happy to answer that question, but I don't appreciate what was originally said being changed". Strzok says he never allowed personal opinions to taint his work. "Let me underscore, these are not allegations, these are admissions", Cummings said.

Strzok also clearly points out that the FBI's attorneys have told him to stay away from revealing any information about current investigations.

At Emptywheel, national security journalist Marcy Wheeler characterized the Strzok hearing as a "sideshow", weeks after Wheeler herself was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about evidence that was then incorporated into the Mueller probe. Goodlatte told CNN that Page had agreed to appear Friday.

Trump has repeatedly belittled Strzok publicly.

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