My work has never been tainted by political bias — Federal Bureau of Investigation agent

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departs after a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in June 2017

"At no time, in any of those texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok told lawmakers.

In one, Page asked Strzok if Trump was going to be president.

Strzok declined to answer a question from Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, about interviews he conducted during the FBI's Russian Federation probe, saying the agency had directed him not to discuss ongoing investigations. And many Democrats say actions taken by law enforcement during the campaign season, including announcing a reopening of the investigation into Clinton just days before the election, actually wound up harming the Democratic candidate and aiding the Republican candidate, Trump.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa made Strzok read his texts aloud, including some with profane language.

It's worth noting that Goodlatte's justification - that the committee's investigation is ongoing - was the same one Strzok offered for not answering questions about the special counsel's Russian Federation probe.

"I have never seen my colleagues so out of control, so desperate.to defend a president who we all know is unfit", Watson Coleman said. "Read his hate filled and totally biased Emails and the answer is clear!" tweeted Donald Trump, taking a break from dynamiting the Atlantic alliance in advance of his upcoming canoodle with V. V. Putin.

But that's unlikely to be the focus of Thursday's hearing.

"Mr. Chairman, there's no basis for that", Nadler said. People are losing faith in the political honesty of their government.

He insisted that separation was possible.

She said the "FBI helped this unfit man become president of the United States" and that Republicans should be "kissing" Strzok in the wake of Trump's election.

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"Any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would have taken any action to improperly impact the electoral process, I take great offense and disagreement about what it was or wasn't", said Strzok. So I take great offense.

"That is who we are as the FBI", Strzok said in an animated riff that drew Democratic applause. It simply couldn't happen.

Krishnamoorthi, during a hearing with the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, was walking Strzok through a number of sections in the recent Justice Department Inspector General report on the FBI's handling of the Clinton investigation.

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

Trump and his allies have suggested the texts are proof of a so-called deep state conspiracy against him, and that the Mueller probe is a politically motivated "witch hunt".

Wolf Blizter: The texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, they are so damning.

After more than 20 minutes of maneuvering and posturing following the subpoena discussion, Gowdy ended his interrogation of Strzok and Strzok was given the floor to respond. The Democrats are the ringmasters of political circuses-and they're only drive by their crap narratives and feelings. Gohmert tried to shout over him and the committee chairman vainly tried to restore order. He and an FBI lawyer he sent the messages to briefly worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation, but were dismissed from the team a year ago even though FBI agents are not prohibited from privately expressing political views. Goodlatte eventually let the hearing proceed without calling the panel into recess.

The controversial texts first came to light in December, when it was revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller dismissed Strzok from his team the previous summer upon learning of the messages.

He said that his text messages critical of Trump shortly after the investigation began were in response to Trump's behavior on the campaign trail - and not a reflection of his investigative intent.

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