Strzok played important roles in both the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server while she was secretary of state and the investigation of Russian election interference in the 2016 presidential race now run by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. "You've embarrassed them; you've embarrassed yourself", Gohmert said. After the opening statements, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., lodged his first question: How many people did Strok interview during the first eight days of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, between July 31 and August 8, 2016?
"When you said you never crossed that bright, inviolable line, what you meant to say was except for 50,000 times, except for hundreds of times a day where I went back and forth, expressing my personal opinions about "f'ing" Trump and stopping Trump and impeaching Trump on official Federal Bureau of Investigation phones, on official Federal Bureau of Investigation time", said Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas.
While reading one in which he used the f-word while talking about Trump, Strzok paused and asked how he should handle it, then finished.
But the hearing was the American public's first flesh and blood view of Strzok, this key figure in the FBI's Hillary Clinton email and Russian Federation investigations - and it wasn't pretty.
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.
Strzok insisted under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he said "we'll stop" a Trump presidency followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member. An inspector general report blamed Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page for creating an appearance of impropriety through their texts but found that the outcome of the Clinton investigation was not tainted by bias.
But Republicans eager to undermine Mueller's investigation berated Strzok, citing the texts as evidence of partisan bias within law enforcement.
As He Lands In UK, Trump Says ''Fine'' With Protests
In an interview with The Sun , Trump said May had ignored his advice on Britain's departure from the European Union. London Mayor Sadiq Khan rejected suggestions the blimp showed a lack of respect to the US president.
He was removed from the investigation in 2017 after those text messages with fellow FBI employee Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, were discovered. "Paris Nice, Brussels, Berlin, cities in American have all suffered terror attacks so it's for President Trump to explain why he singled me as the mayor of London out", he said. Finally, after months of waiting, Strzok got his chance to address that matter - and delivered a scorching monologue fit for the climax of an Aaron Sorkin script.
Strzok said "based on that terrible, disgusting behavior", he assumed Trump would not win the election. "We'll stop it", Mr. Strzok replied.
Trump also told The Sun that May had ignored his advice on Brexit, telling the paper that "I would have done it much differently".
"To suggest we can parse down the shorthand like they're some contract for a auto is simply not consistent with my or most people's use of text messaging", Strzok said, practically yelling at Gowdy.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., finally said that Strzok would be recalled to the committee after the day's hearing so that it could determine whether to hold him in contempt.
During the marathon hearing, Democrats staunchly defended Strzok. Stzrok wasn't "contrite" about his texts, which do show bias against Trump, but House Republicans promised to uncover facts, he said, and in 10 hours, "no proof was offered that Strzok did something acting on bias". Attorneys who try cases for a living as I do would view Strzok's texts and testimony as a gold mine and a mother lode of cross-examination material.
Page had no comment when approached by Fox News on the way into Friday's closed-door meeting.