The Peter Strzok fiasco wrecks the GOP’s bogus conspiracy theory

Peter Strzok the FBI agent facing criticism following a series of anti Trump text messages walks to gives a deposition before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

This is because Strzok had participated in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the special counsel's probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation - but was removed from the latter last summer, after an internal investigation discovered that he had expressed a low opinion of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race in text messages with his colleague Lisa Page.

Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok denied his political bias against President Trump affected his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and Russian Federation probe.

"As I've stated, that text was written late at night, in shorthand", he said.

He insisted under aggressive questioning that an 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.

Strzok called it "horrible and disgusting behaviour", and said he was stating his opinion the electorate would "stop" a candidate like that.

When his speech concluded, Democrats in the room applauded.

Speaking to lawmakers in a public hearing on Thursday, the intelligence agent said his anti-Trump texts with Lisa Page - a former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer with whom he was having an affair - were "blunt", but that "not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took".

Republican attacks on federal law enforcement have helped the Russian campaign to sow chaos within the United States, an embattled top FBI counterintelligence agent told Congress on Thursday.

"I don't give a damn what you appreciate, agent Strzok".

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The two agents disparaged Trump throughout 2016, describing him as an "idiot" and a "menace". "I want to know what it meant, Agent Strzok".

Political observers were far from impressed today when the House Judiciary Committee plunged into total madness during their hearing with Peter Strzok. Goodlatte eventually let the hearing proceed without calling the panel into recess.

Strzok said there were multiple levels above him and below him at the FBI during the probes, dismissing the idea that he could have influenced either investigation based on a political bias.

Peter Strzok said he had information with "the potential to derail and quite possibly defeat" Trump but said the "thought of expressing that or exposing that information never crossed his mind".

"To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, please replace President Trump's name with your own name in a small sample of things Mr. Strzok has said", he said.

'At no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took, ' Strzok said. "As someone who loves this country and cherishes its ideals, it is profoundly painful to watch and even worse to play a part in".

Trump has consistently targeted Strzok in claiming that the Russian Federation investigation is a "witch hunt".

The contentious hearing follows hours of closed-door questioning last week.

Strzok is on Capitol Hill Thursday to answer questions and defend himself, after his anti-Trump text messages with then-FBI official Lisa Page placed him under intense scrutiny, particularly from Republicans.

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