Strzok said he didn't have to answer the question because, despite being subpoenaed by the committee, he had previously said he would speak voluntarily. He described the texts as "hate filled and biased". All the way back to late 2015 and early 2016.
Strzok insisted under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he said "we'll stop" a Trump presidency followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member.
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.
Goodlatte threatened to hold Strzok in contempt after the committee devolved into a partisan brawl over whether Strzok could answer questions about the Russian Federation investigation.
Goodlatte threatened the witness with contempt over his refusal to answer the question, prompting angry responses from Democrats and demands for "points of order" and that the hearing be adjourned. In a minutes-long retort, he called Gowdy's and his Republican allies' allegations of bias and improper actions "deeply destructive". "But those concerns were not specific in my mind to NY".
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But some Democrats chose to go further than that and to make Strzok a martyr - or even a hero. "You deserve one. This has been an attack on you in a way to attack Mr. Mueller".
"I am stating to you it is not my understanding that he kicked me off because of any bias that it was done based on the appearance", Strzok said. "The fact that you would accuse me otherwise, the fact that you would question whether or not that was the sort of look I would engage with in a family member who I have acknowledged hurting, goes more to a discussion about your character and what you stand for and what is going inside you".
"I want to know what "it" meant, Agent Strzok", Gowdy said.
She said the "FBI helped this unfit man become president of the United States" and that Republicans should be "kissing" Strzok in the wake of Trump's election.
"My presumption [was] based on that terrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States, " he said. "Many contained expressions of concern for the security of our country-opinions that were not always expressed in terms I am proud of.But let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took".
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Page was subpoenaed to appear for a closed-door interview on Wednesday but defied the subpoena, saying she had not been given sufficient time to review the materials related to her testimony.
Chairman Goodlatte made the announcement during an interview Thursday, saying the details are still being worked out. Goodlatte told CNN that Page had agreed to appear Friday.
But in his opening remarks on Thursday to members of the House judiciary and oversight committees, Strzok said there was "no evidence of bias in my professional actions" and defended Mueller's probe.
The controversial texts first came to light in December, when it was revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller dismissed Strzok from his team the previous summer upon learning of the messages.
"To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, please replace President Trump's name with your own name in a small sample of things Mr. Strzok has said", he said.
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