In Washington, D.C., it was 10 hours of fireworks in Congress as Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok faced off with House Republican lawmakers Thursday during a hearing convened by the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.
One of President Donald Trump's personal attorneys blasted the testimony of FBI agent Peter Strzok as a "disgrace" late Thursday, and claimed the special counsel's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election was tainted.
"These were his words, [when] he sat in front of us for eight hours, nine hours and denied there was any bias".
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.
"The reality is if that was a widespread attitude at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we would be abolishing the Federal Bureau of Investigation", said Issa.
But Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., cut him off and asked him to withdraw the assertion that Strzok had lied.
"The only reason we know about it is that these kinds of things were going on on official phones that were discoverable", the congressman added.
And in a sign that Republicans are not eager to replay the nasty Strzok hearing, GOP lawmakers signaled Friday that they were unwilling to force Page to testify publicly - despite earlier indications that they would.
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Strzok also said he was one of the few people during the 2016 USA election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that information could have derailed Trump's election chances. "But", he said, "the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind". "As someone who loves this country and cherishes its ideals, it is profoundly painful to watch and even worse to play a part in".
The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety.
"It wasn't the discovery of your texts, Mr. Strzok".
Today Lisa Page will be questioned by members of Congress in a closed-door session, having had the benefit of watching Strzok's testimony on Thursday. Last year, he was reassigned from Mueller's team after the compromising texts emerged.
Strzok sought to clear the air over his messages and volunteered to testify after the Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz, released a report in June revealing how senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials repeatedly expressed support for Clinton and disdain for Trump during the election. However, what he tweeted early this morning, might just take the cake for the most weird comment he has made recently.
FBI Director Chris Wray says employees who were singled out for criticism in the report have been referred to internal disciplinary officials.
Republicans, on the other hand, peppered Strzok with questions and expressed outrage that's been building for months.