Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Rep. Mark Walker: Strzok's Texts to Mistress Were Despicable in Nature

Rep. Mark Walker: Strzok's Texts to Mistress Were Despicable in Nature

Peter Strzok's 10-hour showdown with congressional lawmakers, a made-for-TV spectacle that featured far more drama than substance, was an airing of the deep partisan divide surrounding the special counsel's investigation into whether associates of Donald Trump conspired with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election. The talk show host let highlights of the Capitol Hill testimony provide the jokes for him.

Strzok played major roles in investigations into both Hillary Clinton's private email server and potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"It was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero", Strzok said, "and my presumption based on that terrible, disgusting behavior, that the American population would not elect someone demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States".

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.

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.

Despite his questioning of Strzok, whatever views Gohmert had about the sanctity of marriage became moot to many Americans when he endorsed a president who, before entering the White House, had done more interviews bragging about his sexual conquests than his deeply held religious convictions.

Watch "Republicans Lose Their Minds", as "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" titled the segment, above.

Strzok replied that he was not under subpoena, but testifying voluntarily - and that he could not answer questions "related to the ongoing investigations being undertaken by the special counsel's office". Strzok and Page were having an extramarital affair at the time. "What does Trump support smell like Mister Strzok?"

Stephens, a former Wall Street Journal columnist, has emerged as one of the most prominent "Never Trump" Republicans in the media. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"

"I am stating to you it is not my understanding that he kicked me off because of any bias that it was done based on the appearance", Strzok said.

Strzok expressed little regret for the most controversial text exchange with Page.

Strzok said "based on that awful, disgusting behavior", he assumed Trump would not win the election.

Outgoing Congressman Trey Gowdy brought up that text and another in which Strzok said Hillary Clinton should win "100 million to zero". The interview will also be transcribed, too, according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Ohio.

Russia, China and the big European powers say they still back the 2015 multinational nuclear deal with Iran, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out.

FBI Director Chris Wray has said employees who were singled out for criticism by the inspector general have been referred to internal disciplinary officials. Strzok's lawyer has said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building as the disciplinary process winds its way through the system.

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