Despite President Trump hearing rumors that the “FBI loverbirds” were getting cold feet, FBI agent Peter Strzok is finally appearing to publicly testify before the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing begins at 10 am ET.
Strzok, who has been accused of committing “treason” by Trump, is expected to be grilled about his anti-Trump text messages sent to his then-mistress, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, during the 2016 campaign. In one text message, Strzok told Page they would “stop” Trump from becoming president. After the text messages came to light, Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, and reportedly put on desk duty.
Watch the testimony live below:
In a report released earlier this year, the DOJ’s inspector general found no “documentary of testimonial evidence” to suggest that political bias impacted the investigation, though Trump has repeatedly pointed out that the details of the IG investigation seem to contradict the conclusion. Lawyers for Page said Thursday that she would also comply with the subpoenas.
According to his prepared testimony, Strzok will blame everything on, who else: Vladimir Putin: “today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”
Here are some other excerpts:
“In the summer of 2016, I was one of a handful of people who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with members of the Trump campaign.”
“This information had the potential to derail, and quite possibly, defeat Mr. Trump. But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind.”
Strzok: “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.”
The reporting on those remarks has raised some interesting questions.
Gee, I wonder which reporters Strzok and his FBI mistress leaked to while they were running a DNC operation disguised as an FBI counterintelligence investigation. pic.twitter.com/XEoJxbVAkH
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 12, 2018
In a letter, Strzok’s attorney reportedly said his client may not be able to answer some questions about the Russia probe because he and his client were unable to get a meeting with the FBI and the Hill to discuss which topics would be off limits. Meanwhile, House Democrats are calling on House Republicans to release Strzok’s closed-door testimony, and have released some statistics about the questions that Strzok was asked.
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