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.
They were only fingernails, but to Shridhar Chillal , cutting them off probably felt a bit like cutting off his own hand. Though his fragile nails complicated many everyday activities, like sleeping, Chillal has led a mostly normal life.
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The remainder of the trip will see the President in Scotland where will enjoy a weekend of golf at his Turnberry resort. The trek, coming more than a year and a half into his presidency, does not have the trappings of a state visit.
The American star faces German 13th seed Julia Goerges on Thursday hoping to book a 10th final appearance at the All England Club. Williams, relieved, stood on the baseline, smiling and fist-pumping, before meeting Goerges for handshakes at the net.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte holding onto their father Prince William \'s hands as they leave the chapel. According to the site, she also wore matching Manolo Blahnik suede pumps and a hat from Stephen Jones Millinery.
It's like, how the hell did I get stabbed? Because I can't believe with his legs someone could do that, " he told WTVJ. He and a female friend who was present said Mr Coronado asked Mr Crenshaw for directions and was attacked, police said.
But the red carpet treatment is likely to be overshadowed by massive protests planned by Britons opposed to Trump's presence. That prompted almost half a million people to sign a petition calling for Trump to be banned from the UK.
President Donald Trump shake hands at the conclusion of their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Pompeo and his delegation had just traveled to North Korea to meet with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol.
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Although parents of the first eight boys rescued were able to see their sons, they had to stand six feet away from the children. Narongsak said about half of the 13 foreign divers on the crack team of 18 who rescued the boys were British.
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The contract is worth £5.3million a year and has the option of a further year, according to the Daily Express . Asked if he thinks Sarri will end up at Chelsea , De Laurentiis added, "I do not know".
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England ladies also found themselves in the World Cup finals three years ago, only to be beaten 2-1 by Japan in the final game. Four years is a long time to wait for the next chance". "It's to go again and try to achieve our dreams".
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Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, which Trump has denied. However, Trump - who initially denied knowledge of the payment - subsequently conceded that Cohen was in fact reimbursed.
"US Not Treated Fairly But I believe In NATO", Says Trump
Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem". "Germany is one of our closest allies", he pointed out. The officials said Trump threatened to "do his own thing". "So I think [Trump] has every justification for saying it".
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He said as much in a damning resignation letter, lamenting that the Brexit Dream was "dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt". They "didn't represent the majority of opinion in the conservative party or house of commons", he said.
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More worrying, however, oxygen levels in the cave were falling. "We have more expertise than yesterday", he said on Tuesday. Scattered monsoon rains continued to risk percolating through the limestone cave walls to flood the tunnels with water.
‘I think they like me a lot in the UK’
Mr Trump will meet the US Ambassador at Winfield House after arriving and then head to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. A giant six-metre-high blimp of Trump depicted as an orange baby in nappies is also expected to fly over the capital.
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