Steve Bannon must testify to counter Peter Strzok testimony, House Democrats demand

Cheryl Sanders
July 14, 2018

Jolly, a frequent critic of Trump and the GOP since leaving office in 2017, made the comments a day after the House Judiciary and Oversight committees held a joint hearing, where Republican members grilled Strzok for about 10 hours.

Democrats threw their support behind Strzok with gusto. Someone on the committee objected at one point, but the visual aids were allowed to stay.

But despite the partisan hubbub, the stakes were high.

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. It was also noted repeatedly Thursday that the Justice Department inspector general's investigation concluded that Strzok's obvious expressions of bias using FBI phones did not influence any aspect of the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations.

"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.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), who needled Strzok about "text messages with your friend".

This is why the whole argument against Strzok and the FBI is absurd: Strzok and colleagues could have doomed Trump with one phone call, leaking the investigation into possible collusion with Russian Federation.


For a brief moment, lawmakers floated the idea of Strzok having some company when he appears Thursday - as the committee offered Page a spot to testify at Thursday's hearing.

On Thursday, Republicans disputed his contention that he wasn't biased and that his views didn't affect the investigation.

When heading into the meeting with Page on Friday, Gohmert told reporters he had no regrets, except that he had to spend time questioning a "serial liar".

Strzok expressed little regret for the most controversial text exchange with Page.

Strzok said he was directed by FBI's legal counsel not to answer questions about an ongoing investigation, but Goodlatte demanded that he answer Gowdy's question, prompting a lengthy delay before Strzok asked to speak to the FBI general counsel.

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.

On Thursday, Strzok said the message was written late at night after Trump's campaign comments disparaging a slain USA soldier.


He admitted in congressional testimony and in documents revealed by the Department of Justice that he sent a variety of text messages to Page in which he referred to the current President of the United States as "a f*cking idiot", while Page called Trump a "loathsome human".

He said in his opening statement that his work has never been tainted by politics and the intense scrutiny he faces represents "just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's belt".

He said bias means that you let those opinions get in the way of the work, and he did not do that. Strzok, an expert in the field of counterintelligence, had played a leading role in the Hillary Clinton investigation.

"Agent Strzok, are you starting to understand why some folks out there don't believe a word you say?" he added.

For many viewers watching from home, either viewpoint was overshadowed by the stunning display of congressional dysfunction as the hearing descended into shouting matches between lawmakers and between Republicans and the witness.

Giuliani reiterated the president's nickname for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe-"witch hunt"-and claimed the probe should be wrapped up as soon as possible". Strzok's lawyer has said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building as the disciplinary process winds its way through the system. New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said, "You need your medication!"

Cicilline's response: "We intend to release this transcript unless someone presents some rule that prevents us from doing it, and we'll give you till 5 this afternoon to present that, " he said. "Because it's not about you".


Trump also told The Sun that May had ignored his advice on Brexit, telling the paper that "I would have done it much differently".

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