House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members grilled embattled, anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok behind closed doors on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as he attempted to explain his vehement bias against President Donald Trump, his senior role in the alleged Trump-Russia collusion investigation, and the exoneration of Hillary Clinton for her use of a private server while she was Secretary of State.

Strzok, who evaded a subpoena from House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), voluntarily appeared at the hearing. Thousands of Strzok’s anti-Trump text messages, which he exchanged with former FBI lawyer and his paramour, Lisa Page, sparked anger from Republicans (and criticism from some Democrats) who contend that senior members of the FBI utilized their power and political leanings to target Trump both before and after the 2016 election.

“It was a waste—Strzok is full of it and he kept hiding behind [the] classified information excuse…”

Freedom Caucus & Judiciary Committee member, Matt Gaetz (R-FL) attended today’s deposition and reacted to Strzok’s testimony, telling the Sean Hannity Radio Show, “… I am shocked at the lack of curiosity with Robert Mueller. I mean Sean, if you were in Mueller’s shoes, and you had found these text messages, I would think that you would want to ask whether or not they impact the investigative decisions that were made, whether there was bias, whether there was contact with other members of the FBI regarding the investigation and where it was going and who was making the critical judgment calls,” the Florida Congressman said. “I just cannot believe the lack of curiosity on the part of Robert Mueller. It was the strongest reaction I had today from Peter Strzok’s testimony.”

Freedom Caucus member, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)-who was also in attendance- told, “It was a waste—Strzok is full of it and he kept hiding behind [the] classified information excuse.”

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton investigation noted Strzok’s bias against Trump in the Russia investigation but didn’t state whether or not it affected the outcome of the investigation. Horowitz is expected to release a third report on Strzok (along with other senior FBI officials) and his role in the Russia investigation and the bureau’s use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to target short-term Trump campaign volunteer, Carter Page.

Strzok, who was one of the bureau’s top counterintelligence agents against China and Russia, was escorted out of FBI headquarters shortly after Horowitz released his report. Attorney, Lisa Page resigned from the bureau after the text message fall-out and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired just days before his retirement after Horowitz and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded he had lied about leaking information to the press numerous times under oath.

Other senior FBI officials have also been fired or resigned as a result of the fall-out from the ongoing congressional and Inspector General investigations.

President Trump criticized Congress for not making the Strzok hearing public.

“The hearing of Peter Strzok and the other hating frauds at the FBI & DOJ should be shown to the public on live television, not a closed-door hearing that nobody will see,” he wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “We should expose these people for what they are—there should be total transparency!”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) who was at the deposition Wednesday, told that Strzok should be back to testify at an opening hearing.

The Judiciary Committee tweeted on Tuesday, “Peter Strzok will be interviewed first in a closed-door deposition. There will be classified information to sort through before a public hearing is held. A public hearing will be held!”

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  1. Chris says:

    Seems that the judiciary should have clearance to hear the classified information - I mean, they oversee the FBI and DOJ… looking forward to the public hearing. Should make for some great meme fodder.

  2. Was he under oath, and if not, will he be in the public forum? If not, it’s a total farce.

  3. Loved the hypocrisy of Hillary using the “I don’t recall” so many times and then getting millions for her memoirs.

  4. I get mad at my kids when they keep asking questions about the movie, during the movie. Please let me know if you feel the same way about me.
    Is there a hidden message or meaning about referencing Sara? Or am I overthinking, and should just take it (sound familiar) at face value?

  5. No biggie on the questions. The only stupid question is the one a person won’t ask.

    I don’t really see a lot in it other than he’s saying Sara is telling us the truth. And in in the other drop he’s saying Strzok isn’t going to get away with what he did. He will be brought to justice. He knows how frustrating it is to see these guys seemingly getting away with this kind of crap time after time.

    Strzok’s chance at testimony may very well have been to test the loyalty of a the FBI lawyer who advised him. If so, that guy just cut his own throat. What all this shows to me is how far the deep state is entrenched into the FBI. This shows us why it takes time to clean everything up. Why this plan cannot be a simple one that catches a few rats and lets the rest of the rats run free to replace a couple of people. The clean up has to be thorough or it will not be successful.

    This is the reason I keep saying we need to be patient. This little episode just brought another treasonous rat into the light. To me that is worth more than Strzok telling congress what they already know from the complete, unredacted, IG report. It brings to light something we would not have known otherwise.

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