FBI agent defiant as Republicans claim bias in Trump investigation

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.

"There is new information", he told reporters. He was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of the derogatory text messages a year ago, exchanged with an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer he was having an affair with. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said that the indictments prove Trump is "innocent".

Republicans went so far as to even praise Page for her testimony after she had been threatened with contempt earlier in the week.

"I don't give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok", Mr. Gowdy said. "We did not see the smug attitude that we saw from Strozk".

During the daylong meeting, Strzok sparred with Republicans, who lashed out at him in often sharply personal exchanges.

"I found Lisa Page to be more credible than Peter Strzok".

"She's an irrelevant actor in a sideshow", Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, said of Page.

Democrats, however, agreed with the sentiment expressed by their colleague, California congressman Ted Lieu: "Let me start by saying, this is a stupid and ridiculous hearing".

"It's much more sedate, much more calm", said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat.

At this point, Gohmert cut back in, and the two spoke loudly over one another.

She is scheduled to return for additional questioning Monday.

"Do you need your medication?" a woman in the hearing shouted.

Gowdy seized on one message that has received particular attention from right-wing media outlets, an August 8, 2016, text in which Strzok, discussing with Page the prospect of a Trump win, says, "No".

Once special counsel Robert Mueller found out about his text messages he fired him from the Russian Federation investigation. Strzok was pulled off the Mueller investigation past year after the Justice Department's internal watchdog made the special prosecutor aware of the texts. "It was Republican Jason Chaffetz, former chairman of my committee".

Page appeared before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees Friday, just one day after her former lover Peter Strzok testified before the same committees publicly.

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