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Chalfant writes: "FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok offered a forceful defense of the FBI that drew applause at its conclusion from some Democrats during a contentious and testy hearing focused on GOP allegations of anti-Trump bias at the law enforcement bureau."

FBI agent Peter Strzok is sworn in before testifying at a hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. (photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)
FBI agent Peter Strzok is sworn in before testifying at a hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. (photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)


FBI Agent Gets Applause in Contentious Hearing After Forceful Defense of Agency

By Morgan Chalfant, The Hill

12 July 18

BI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok offered a forceful defense of the FBI that drew applause at its conclusion from some Democrats during a contentious and testy hearing focused on GOP allegations of anti-Trump bias at the law enforcement bureau.

Republican accusations that the FBI was biased against President Trump during the 2016 campaign, Strzok said, “deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive.”

His remarks won a round of applause from committee Democrats, who accuse Republicans of a political charade designed to discredit the Russia investigation being led by special counsel Robert Swan Mueller.

Strzok, under subpoena, was testifying before two powerful House committees as a result of Republican efforts to grill him on text messages he sent during the 2016 campaign that were critical of then-candidate Trump.

“At no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took,” Strzok said, adding that “multiple layers” of agents above and below him at the bureau would not have tolerated any “improper behavior.”

“They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me anymore than I would tolerate it in them," he said. "That is who we are as the FBI, and the suggestion that I, in some dark chamber somewhere in the FBI, would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards, and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me."

“The proposition that that is going on and that might occur anywhere in the FBI deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive,” Strzok said.

The text messages were revealed by a Justice Department inspector general investigation, and resulted in Strzok being removed from Mueller’s investigation team. But Republicans have seized on the texts as evidence of systemic political bias at the FBI against Trump.

GOP lawmakers have focused on one text exchange between Strzok and Lisa Page, a now-former FBI lawyer, in which Strzok replied, “We’ll stop it,” after he was asked, “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

On Thursday, Strzok rejected the suggestion that his sentiment is evidence that he took official action to somehow thwart Trump’s presidential campaign.

“That was written late at night, off the cuff and it was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero,” Strzok said in response to questioning from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

“My presumption, based on that horrible, disgusting behavior, [was] that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States," Strzok added. "It was in no way, unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the FBI, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate.”

“I take great offense and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn’t,” Strzok said.


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-33 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-12 16:28
I saw some of this hearing. Strzok is a typical corrupt FBI agent. I wonder how many people he has falsified evidence on and put into jail. As a "counterintelli gence" agent, he is running the current day version of COINTELPRO.

Although he said what he wrote in 50,000 text messages did not mean anything, I don't believe him and I don't think a jury would either. The texts are pretty clear that he is planning with others to interfere with the 2016 election and when he learned that Trump won to impeach him. This is the unaccountable power of the political police, the FBI.

At least this time the MOFOs got caught. They won't be punished.

It was also unnerving to see him flanked by thuggish looking white males. Were these his body guards. It looked as if they could kill someone with their grim looks.

All in all a very disgusting day. I think the FBI needs to be shut down. Peter Strzok is just the tip of the iceberg. There are lots more and worse people still there.

It was also funny that he said the hearing was just another notch in Putin's belt. This is a good indicator of the perversity of this MOFOs mind. Who notches a belt anymore? Who even thinks about such things?
 
 
+10 # Caliban 2018-07-12 23:43
Must respectfully disagree, #RR -- During the portions of the hearing that I saw, Strzok appeared forceful, unintimidated, and convincing.
 
 
+9 # RaW 2018-07-13 07:14
No, he didn't say that what he wrote didn't mean anything, and he was clear that the target was a few texts OUT OF 50,000. Rather, he clarified exactly what it DID mean.

What he said, printed in the article above, was: “My presumption, based on that horrible, disgusting behavior, [was] that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States," Strzok added. "It was in no way, unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the FBI, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate.”
 
 
+1 # vicnada 2018-07-13 20:47
Rodion, you are smart and sometimes appear balanced and judicious in your comments. I await with some interest your commentary on the indictments against the dozen Russians who are accused of interfering with our elections. As harsh as you are against the FBI (and I don't disagree with many of your criticisms especially as they are so clearly born out in the lives of those like John Kiriakou), I can't see how you can be consistent in your judgment if you grant a pass for the Russian meddling that is apparently provable.
 
 
+9 # ddd-rrr 2018-07-13 09:30
I watched most of the House committee interactions with Peter Strzok,
and I was constantly impressed with the patience and intelligence with which he
responded to the (too-often) inane, leading, accusative, inaccurate, and down-right
STUPID "questions" (which often included "provided-answe rs") offered
by most of the 'Bublican "representative s" who spoke.

My question is, WHERE did these many creeps on the right in Congress come from?!
From under what rocks did they crawl? WHY are they not interested in TRUTH,
REASIONING, FACTS, and HISTORY?! Perhaps it is due to their fealty
to their donors, who pay to keep them in office, and therefore
also in service mainly to those donors?

We, THE PEOPLE, want representatives that serve US,
NOT the already wealthy and powerful!

One likely reason we have this current mess called a congress is that abominable
SCOTUS mistake, the Citizens United decision. Another is the astonishingly
high percentage of our populace that appears to be unable, or
unwilling, to think critically or to value truth or ethics.

We need to vote out as many as possible of the "creeps" in Congress this year!
Please VOTE, but please also THINK, BEFORE YOU VOTE!
 

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