As Rep. Gowdy interrupted Strzok, Rep. David Cicilline (D-NJ) interjected, noting Gowdy was already a minute and a half over his time limit. Strzok says he never allowed personal opinions to taint his work.
Strzok acknowledged that while his text message criticism was "blunt", it was not directed at one person or political party and included jabs not only at Trump but also at Clinton and Sen.
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".
Strzok helped lead two of the FBI's most high-profile investigations: inquiries into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
At one point, Goodlatte told Strzok he could only consult with his own lawyer, not an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer. California Rep. Darrell Issa made Strzok read out his own texts, including some with profane language and one that calls Trump a "disaster".
House Judiciary Chairman Bob W. Goodlatte (R-Va.) cocked an eye at Strzok's claim of neutrality in the probes of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Trump campaign. "I know he already testified behind closed doors", said Ingraham on her show in kicking off an interview with Rep.
Giuliani's words followed those of other Republicans who attempted to seize on Strzok's texts with Page and his testimony as evidence of political bias toward Trump and his campaign, and as proof that the entire Mueller probe was propped up by a "deep state" intent on thwarting Trump's administration.
Strzok said "based on that awful, disgusting behavior", he assumed Trump would not win the election.
"No interview has been done before you're talking about impeachment of the president", Gowdy said during the hearing on Capitol Hill.
To which Republican Representative Ted Poe responded: "And I don't believe you".
"My presumption, based on that terrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States", Strzok said.
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"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", Strzok told the committees. "So, I take great offense, and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn't".
Plus, he said, both investigations were handled by large teams.
Strzok said on Thursday that the "we" in the text referred to the American people because he believed Trump would not win the election after criticizing families whose relatives had been killed while serving in the USA military. "It simply couldn't happen".
The hearing exposed clear partisan divides in the House judiciary and oversight committees, as Democrats accused Republicans of trying to divert attention from Trump's ties to Russian Federation by excessively focusing on Strzok.
Amid the sound and fury from the insufferable Democrats acting as obstructionists and cheerleaders during disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Thursday, an extremely important revelation was nearly lost in the noise.
"Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional", Ryan said, promising that "we will do what we need to do to protect this branch of government".
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.
"Lisa has cooperated voluntarily with another congressional committee that had no objection to explaining the scope of its investigation or providing sufficient notice for her interview".
At one point, Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, invoked Strzok's personal life by alluding to the fact the texts were exchanged while he and Page were in a relationship.
The comments sparked immediate objections from Democrats, who called them outrageous, and Strzok was livid.
Goodlatte told Strzok he could answer, though Gohmert was visibly displeased. Gohmert tried to shout over him and the committee chairman vainly tried to restore order.
Goodlatte said he was holding open the prospect of calling Strzok back again because he was unsatisfied with the lack of answers to some questions. In it, Strzok describes his reluctance to work on behalf of the special counsel, and that seemed to imply he didn't think there would be substantial findings of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign team.