Strzok hearing chaos: House chair threatens to hold Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in contempt

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"They were trying to throw up any kind of roadblocks so that Strzok didn't have to answer questions".

Strzok's statement also denied that political considerations have ever affected his official acts as an investigator.

He added: "I have the utmost respect for Congress's oversight role, but I truly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart".

"Mr. Strzok, you are under subpoena, and are required to answer the question", Goodlatte said.

"To suggest we can parse down the shorthand like they're some contract for a vehicle is simply not consistent with my or most people's use of text messaging", Strzok said, practically yelling at Gowdy.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte has reportedly informed anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok he will be recalled to testify later Thursday and may be "voted in contempt" following his refusal to answer key questions surrounding his text messages.

"We'll stop it", Strzok texted Page in August 2016 - apparently referring to the prospect of Trump being elected president, according to a June report by the inspector general.

But Goodlatte dismissed Nadler's objections and members of the committees joined in the bickering for several minutes before Gowdy continued his questioning - which drew further objection from other members of the House committees. "My personal opinions in no way-" Strzok said, before he was interrupted.

Your testimony is Bob Mueller did not kick you off because of the content of your text, he kicked you off because of some appearance he was anxious about?

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Strzok said he could not answer a question about the early stages of the FBI investigation into Russian intervention because the probe is still ongoing and FBI counsel had instructed him not to.

Page told investigators that she and Strzok were having an affair, according to a Justice Department Inspector General's report about the Clinton email investigation, and that they used their work devices to hide that from their spouses.

During Thursday's hearing, Strzok delivered a forceful defense of the FBI, saying that Trump's accusation of political bias among federal law enforcement officials "deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive".

Gowdy was repeatedly interrupted through the rest of his questions, while he and Strzok got into a heated exchange.

Thursday's hearing, which was the first public appearance Strzok has made since he became a central figure in the Russian Federation investigation, underscored the deep tensions on Capitol Hill over the FBI's investigations connected to the 2016 election. Page has since left the bureau.

Goodlatte told Alisyn Camerota on CNN's "New Day" Thursday morning that Page had agreed to an interview Friday.

"[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right?"

Although Strzok has said through his lawyer that he was eager to tell his side of the story, he made clear his exasperation at being the focal point of a congressional hearing at a time when Russian election interference has been successfully "sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions".

"How can the Rigged Witch Hunt proceed when it was started, influenced and worked on, for an extended period of time, by former FBI Agent/Lover Peter Strzok?".

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