House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) reminded Strzok that it took him one day after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel into the investigation of President Trump's campaign and Russian officials before the FBI agent talked about impeachment proceedings.
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.
Republican lawmakers grilled Strzok on Capitol Hill Thursday. "This was not about getting answers from Strzok".
Gohmert said he was incensed at Strzok and thought he was knowingly lying to lawmakers, which in turn steered his questioning of Strzok toward his personal life. And my presumption, based on that awful, disgusting behavior, that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States. "It was in no way, unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate". And the suggestion that I, in some dark chamber somewhere in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me.
In his first public comments since private text messages between Strzok and Page were disclosed, the agent concluded opening remarks with a pointed broadside against his antagonisers.
On Thursday, Strzok testified publicly over a 10-hour span, during which Republicans and Democrats got into several shouting matches, including one particularly explosive moment after Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, asked Strzok did he look into his "wife's eye and lie to her about Lisa Page". Strzok says he never allowed personal opinions to taint his work. Right?!" Strzok replied, "No. He said it was not a declaration that he or the Federal Bureau of Investigation would improperly interfere with the electoral process.
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.
Just hours after Strzok's outrageous hearing, Lisa Page was questioned behind closed doors. Last year, he was reassigned from Mueller's team after the compromising texts emerged.
Republicans, on the other hand, peppered Strzok with questions and expressed outrage that's been building for months.