Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen: FBI Agent Peter Strzok Deserves Purple Heart

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This argument would nearly certainly fall apart before a judge, given the fact that the FBI Inspector General found no evidence that Peter Strzok's "political bias" affected the outcome of either the FBI's investigation into candidate Donald Trump or their investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton.

U.S. House members proved Thursday that they are more interested in political posturing and getting on TV with fiery soundbites than in fact-finding, as they questioned FBI official Peter Strzok about whether his anti-Trump bias influenced the investigation of the Trump presidential campaign for possible collusion with Russian Federation. He was removed from this team after the release of a series of personal text messages he had exchanged with a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, in which Strzok expressed his personal opposition to Trump. Strzok and Page were texting because they were clandestinely dating, because that is how clandestinely dating people act. Does he really think we are so gullible that we would buy his absurd claim that his "we'll stop it" text meant all of us - the American people - would act to stop Trump from becoming president?

The comment prompted howls from Democrats, including one who shouted, "You need your medication".

Goodlatte told Strzok he could answer, though Gohmert was visibly displeased.

"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.

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Although Mueller removed Strzok from the Trump-Russia probe once his texts with Page came to light, Giuliani still insisted that Mueller is "asleep at the switch" with a team filled with investigators who are registered Democrats and donated to Democratic causes.

As I've written before, Page is a lesser figure in all of this both because she no longer works for the FBI and also because she wasn't in charge of the investigations in the same way as Strzok.

"That is who we are as the FBI", Strzok said in an animated riff that drew Democratic applause.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who was Democratic National Committee chairwoman at the time of the hacking, issued a statement Friday that said the organization "was the first major target of the Russian attack on our democracy".

Trump said Tuesday that his meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" out of all his other meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders this week.

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Strzok endured roughly 11 hours of testimony before House lawmakers Thursday, with many Republicans focusing on his text of "we'll stop it" in reference to Trump's campaign.

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

"I am ashamed of the Justice Department today".

"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", he is expected to say.

"But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind".

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And in a sign that Republicans are not eager to replay the nasty Strzok hearing, GOP lawmakers signaled Friday that they were unwilling to force Page to testify publicly - despite earlier indications that they would.

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