Former FBI agent testifes that he did nothing wrong and that his congressional hearing is “just another victory notch in Putin’s belt.”

By |2018-07-13T04:50:19-08:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |32 Comments

This is the FBI agent that Trump derisively refers to as “Loverboy.”

Courtesy of the AP:

An FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages fueled suspicions of partisan bias will tell lawmakers Thursday that his work has never been tainted by politics and that the intense scrutiny he is facing represents “just another victory notch in Putin’s belt,” according to prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press.

Peter Strzok, who helped lead FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email use and potential coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign, was testifying publicly for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team following the discovery of the derogatory text messages last year.

He will say in his opening statement that he has never allowed personal opinions to infect his work, that he knew information during the campaign that had the potential to damage Trump but never contemplated leaking it and that the focus on him by Congress is misguided and plays into “our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”

In the prepared remarks, Strzok acknowledges that while his text message criticism was “blunt,” it was not directed at one person or political party and included jabs not only at Trump but also at Clinton as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders. He said there was “simply no evidence of bias in my professional actions.”

“Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,” he will say.

He says that he was one of the few people during the 2016 election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that that information could have derailed Trump’s election chances. “But,” he said, “the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind.”

And that is really the thing, isn’t it?

If Peter Strzok HAD leaked about the Trump investigation during the campaign that might actually have damaged Trump’s chances of winning, but instead he remained quiet while most people agree that James Comey DID sabotage the Clinton campaign when he announced the reopening of her email investigation. 

However, this is how the House Republicans are hoping to undermine the Mueller probe, by vilifying the FBI agent who was once assigned to the initial investigation.  

Trump even took a break from embarrassing America overseas to tweet about Strzok’s former girlfriend:

If the House Republicans are looking for a witch hunt all they will have to do is take a moment to clean their glasses and then focus right on this hearing today. 

And there you have it. 

P.S. I wrote this post before the hearing had started this morning, but it is WAY more of a shit show than even I could have anticipated. 

Here is but one example.

This was in response to some unbelievably contentious questioning from Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy.

Update: Here is the surreal moment when Rep. Louie Gohmert actually attempted to shame Strzok over his extramarital affair in defense of Donald Trump. 

I know, right?

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  1. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 8:53 am

    It is too early to call, but at this point it is at least a 50/50 chance Strzok will be wearing a prison outfit within 2 years.

    • kay July 13, 2018 at 5:04 am

      Hell no but Trumpnazi might be..

      • Anonymous July 13, 2018 at 2:09 pm

        Trump is not going to jail. You may as well accept that reality by now kay. He will likely serve two terms.

  2. Anon July 12, 2018 at 9:52 am

    ‘“It further illustrates how for Republicans this is all about public relations and politics and not what they’re supposed to be doing, which is finding fact and truth,”’

  3. anonymous July 12, 2018 at 9:53 am

    “Strzok’s remarks were applauded in the room.”

  4. anon July 12, 2018 at 10:01 am

    “House Republicans held this hearing to discredit Mueller’s investigation, but Democrats came more than prepared and have used the platform to make the case for Trump’s potentially criminal behavior. As Rep. Jackson Lee’s questioning revealed Strzok and his texts are a red herring that do not change the facts of the Russia investigation. The hearing has been a disappointing disaster for Republicans and Trump.

    Instead of getting Trump off the hook, the hearing has made a case for more investigation and potential impeachment of the president.”

  5. anon July 12, 2018 at 10:07 am

    “Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)“I hate no one,” she began. “I do not hate the administration, the president, my colleagues. I honor this nation. So, I believe it is important that we stand on the force of truth and the Constitution. In the oversight of these two committees, it is unfortunate that none of these committees, Judiciary or Oversight, have decided to pursue more precious or more important issues than asking about Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.””
    “Unanimous and unassailable assessment of the intelligence community is that the Russians helped [President Donald] Trump over Hillary and intended to harm her.”
    “The leader of Russia is known to have sanctioned murder of dissidents, jailed journalists, and this is the president who is described as easy to meet with. Neither the Judiciary Committee or the Oversight Committee has investigated the president indicating whether he can pardon himself. So, here we are, Mr. Strzok, to ask you questions.””

  6. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 10:30 am

    The Peter Strzok Hearing Completely Backfires On Republicans

    Hearing Erupts In Applause As Peter Strzok Destroys Trey Gowdy And Trump FBI Conspiracy

  7. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 10:32 am

    …This hearing was held for the sole purpose of discrediting the Russia investigation by pushing Trump’s FBI ‘deep state’ conspiracy theory that the FBI is biased and out to get him. The hearing has been a failure. What the hearing has done is expose House Republicans as Trump stooges who are pushing a bogus conspiracy theory.

    By trying to turn Peter Strzok into the ultimate villain, Republicans created a new American hero.

  8. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 10:33 am

    North Korea Humiliates Trump By Not Even Showing Up To Meeting

    After the June 12th summit, Trump said Pyongyang had already “sent back” the remains of 200 U.S. troops. But Kelly McKeague, head of the U.S. agency that tracks down remains of U.S. soldiers lost on foreign battlefields, said in an interview with Reuters that no new remains had been returned since the Trump-Kim talks.

    Turns out, not only have they not sent the remains back, but they blew the U.S. off at the planned meeting to discuss the return.

    The North Korean delegation did not show up at the planned meeting with the U.S. to discuss the return of American service members, which was the only concrete concession President Trump managed to get out of his elevation of North Korea.

    “The ONLY concrete concession Trump secured from Kim Jong-un last month was a pledge to return the remains of an unspecified number of American service members. And now that’s very much in doubt,” national security spokesperson for the Obama administration and former intelligence officer with the CIA Ned Price pointed out.

  9. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Ex-CIA Director John Brennan Lights Up Gowdy, Goodlatte For Taking ‘Cheap Shots’ in Strzok Hearing: ‘Unconscionable’

    Brennan spoke to MSNBC’s Chris Jansing about this when the hearing was adjourned, and he slammed Gowdy and Goodlatte for presiding over an explosive “mockery of the oversight function.” He particularly blasted them for defending Trump while putting on a fireworks show for Vladimir Putin.

    “Vladimir Putin must be very happy, as well as Russian intelligence services because of the discord that’s being concern in the halls of Congress here,” Brennan said. “Unfortunately, I think Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Gowdy demonstrated they are more interested in protecting Mr. Trump, and preventing the continued investigation from moving forward, and taking these cheap shots at Strzok were just unconscionable.”

    Strzok Applauded For Confronting Gowdy: Suggestion of Anti-Trump Conspiracy ‘Deeply Corrodes’ FBI

    After explaining what inspired the texts, Strzok maintained that his personal feelings about Trump did not influence his actions at the FBI.

    “I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, at no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took,” he explained. “At every step, at every investigative decision, there are multiple layers of people above me –the assistant director, executive assistant director, deputy director and director of the FBI– and multiple layers of people below me — section chiefs, supervisors, unit chiefs, case agents and analysts — all of whom were involved in all of these decisions.”

    “They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me any more than I would tolerate it in them,” he continued. “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. It simply couldn’t happen.”

    “And the proposition that that is going on, that it 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 told a cold-eyed Gowdy.

    Applause broke out at the hearing after Strzok finished his comments.

    Strzok Delivers Fiery Speech: My Anti-Trump Texts Were a Response to His ‘Horrible, Disgusting Behavior’

    …Given the opportunity to respond in full to Gowdy’s questioning after some back and forth about procedure, Strzok – clearly angered after being accused of bias due to his text messages – said the following:

    Sir, I think it’s important when you look at those texts that you understand the context in which they were made, and the things that were going on across America. In terms of the texts that, ‘We will stop it.’ You need to understand that 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, and my presumption based on that horrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States. 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. So I take great offense and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn’t. As to the ‘100 million to one’ that was clearly a statement made in jest and using hyperbole, I of course recognize that millions of Americans were likely to vote for candidate Trump. I acknowledge that is absolutely their right, that is what makes our democracy such a vibrant process that it is. But to suggest somehow that we can parse down the words of shorthand textual conversations like they’re some contract for a car is simply not consistent with my or most people’s use of text messaging. I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, at no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took. Furthermore, this isn’t just me sitting here telling you you don’t have to take my word for it. At every step, at every investigative decision, there are multiple layers of people above me, the assistant director, executive assistant director, deputy director and director of the FBI, and multiple layers of people below me, section chiefs, supervisors, unit chiefs, case agents and analysts, all of whom were involved in all of these decisions. They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me any more than I would tolerate it in them. 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. It simply couldn’t happen. And the proposition that that is going on, that it 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.

    Watch above, via MSNBC.

    Rep. Cummings Rips GOP Colleagues in Strzok Hearing, Brings Out Posters of ‘Guilty’ Trump Campaigners

    …In his opening statement on the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Strzok’s alleged bias and improper actions within the FBI, Cummings accused committee chairman Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy of interfering with Robert Mueller‘s investigation when they promised that they wouldn’t. Cummings scolded the two for holding closed-door interviews with key witnesses, their off-handed threats to hold others in contempt of Congress, and for calling on the Mueller probe to hurry up and end.

    “What has changed?” Cummings asked. “Why did our chairmen promise not to interfere wittingly or unwittingly but then suddenly launch this aggressive attack against our special counsel?”

  10. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Strzok Defends Anti-Trump Texts: ‘Simply No Evidence of Bias in My Actions’

    …Strzok testifies today over his affair with Lisa Page, and the anti-Trump texts they echanged while investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia, as well as Hillary Clinton. In his opening remarks, Strzok said he had access to information in 2016 that could’ve seriously derailed Trump, but he never even thought of leaking it to the public, and there was “no evidence” he allowed his opinions to improperly influenced his actions.

    “At times my criticism was blunt, but despite how it’s been characterized, it was not limited to one person or one party – I criticized various countries and politicians, including Secretary Clinton, Senator [Bernie] Sanders…Trump and others,” Strzok said. “Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took. This is true for the Clinton email investigation, for the investigation into Russian interference, and for every other investigation I’ve worked on.”

    “I understand that my sworn testimony will not be enough for some people,” he continued. “After all, Americans are skeptical of anything they hear out of Washington. But the fact is, after months of investigations, there is simply no evidence of bias in my professional actions.”

    As Strzok disputed Trump’s “witch hunt” smears of Robert Mueller‘s investigation, he lamented that the intrigue into himself is a distraction while continues to “sow discord” throughout the country.

    “I have the utmost respect for Congress’s oversight role, but I truly believe that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart,” said Strzok. “As someone who loves this country and cherishes its ideals, it is profoundly painful to watch and even worse to play a part in.”

    Watch above, via Fox News.

  11. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Peter Strzok absolutely destroyed Trey Gowdy today and it’s the most beautiful thing you’ll ever watch.

  12. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 10:52 am

    WATCH: Texas Dem goes line-by-line through all of Trump’s links to Russia that have nothing to do with Peter Strzok

    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) went into full attack mode against Republicans for their line of questioning of FBI agent Peter Strzok. After a contentious morning of questioning that started off with a shouting match, Jackson Lee ended the first portion of the hearing with allegations that her colleagues were using Strzok as a means of discounting the Russia investigation.

    “I hate no one,” she began. “I do not hate the administration, the president, my colleagues. I honor this nation. So, I believe it is important that we stand on the force of truth and the Constitution. In the oversight of these two committees, it is unfortunate that none of these committees, Judiciary or Oversight, have decided to pursue more precious or more important issues than asking about Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.”

    Watch the full questioning below:

  13. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 10:54 am

    ‘Accountability is coming’: Dem burns down ‘scared’ GOP chairman for using hearings to distract from Russia probe

    …“Why have they abandoned House rules to pick unnecessary fights with you, [FBI agent] Lisa Page, and Deputy Attorney General [Rod] Rosenstein?” Nadler said to Strzok. “The obvious answer is because they are scared, because President Trump is scared, because the special counsel’s investigation is operating at a breakneck pace and has already produced five guilty pleas and criminal charges against individuals, because accountability is coming one way or another and they are scared and trying to undermine the investigation and distract attention.”

    Nadler also noted that Republicans are refusing to release the transcript of an 11-hour interview with Strzok, even though some of it has already been selectively leaked.

    “And I now call on the majority to release that transcript in full today,” Nadler demanded. “This will show that this entire investigation is, at best, a partisan distraction from more important matters.”

    “I ask the chairman now to order the release of that transcript,” the congressman said, turning to GOP Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). “Will the chairman do that?”

    “Not today,” Goodlatte replied.

    “Will the chairman ever do so?” Nadler pressed.

    “You can direct your questions to the witness,” Goodlatte shot back.

    “I will observe that the chairman will not answer the question,” Nadler quipped. “And that this is part of the continuing evasion and attempt at obfuscation.”

    “Will the gentleman yield?” Goodlatte shouted.

    “No,” Nadler said. “Not at the moment.”

    Watch the video below from Fox News.

    • Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Thank god for decent people like Rep. Jerrod Nadler from NY, who made the completely obvious and irrefutable point that this entire shitshow is an opportunity for Congressional Republicans to hammer a Federal employee for his personally held, private political beliefs. He elucidated that the Hatch Act prohibited the government from questioning prospective federal employees about their political preferences for exactly this reason – it should and does have no bearing whatsoever on whether they are able to perform their jobs, or uphold the law.

      Federal employees are guaranteed the right to hold their own private political beliefs – just like every single other American citizen. Period. The end. It is not something for which they can be paraded in front of the House Judiciary Committee and questioned, badgered, humiliated, and/or fired. The texts in question were texts sent privately, to another private citizen, in a capacity never meant to become public, outside of their working hours.

  14. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 10:56 am

    California Dem unleashes on GOP during Strzok hearing: ‘The FBI hasn’t magically been transformed into a left wing organization’

    …“Now, you know, to listen to some of my friends, you would think that the FBI, which I had always felt was made up of conservative law enforcement people, had magically been transformed into a left-wing organization,” she said. “That’s not my understanding and, in fact, if you take a look at the people in charge, you’ve got Mr. [Christopher] Wray, who was appointed by Mr. Trump who was not a Democrat, Mr. Comey, who was appointed by Mr. Trump, he’s not a Democrat. I happen to know that Robert Mueller is not a Democrat. So, these are not political designates made by political operatives.”

    Watch her full comments below:

  15. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 10:57 am

    ‘Gowdy got owned’: Internet heaps mockery on the GOP as Strzok’s hearing becomes a circus

  16. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Dem Rep. Says Strzok Should Get ‘Purple Heart’ for Enduring Hearings Designed for ‘People Who Watch Fox News’

    …“If I could give you a purple heart, I would. You deserve one,” he said to Strzok. “This has been an attack on you and the way to attack Mr. Mueller, and the investigation that is to get at Russia, collusion involved in our election which is what this committee should be looking at.”

    Cohen characterized the hearing reviewing bias in the conduct of Strzok as “a direct strike at democracy and what this country is about, free and fair elections, Keeping us independent of who is our foe, not our, you know, our competitor, our foe.”

    The Tennessee congressman listed the many terrible attributes of Russian foreign policy and then offered what approached a hagiographic review of Strzok’s career with the FBI, saying more than once to Strzok that “you’ve dedicated most of your life” to fighting Russia and Vladimir Putin and attempts to undermine democracy.

    He said it was “astonishing” that Strzok was “on trial” and that “this is what the Russians want”, and for the grand finale said the entire thing was designed just for Fox News viewers.

    “The Russians are loving it, because this is what they want. This is what they want. You’d think it was Benghazi. It was a never-ending television show from Congress that got nowhere except trying to influence the people that watch Fox News, and that’s what this is about,” he said.

  17. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    CHAOS: Rep. Gohmert Derails Hearing By Asking Strzok How He Lied to Wife’s Face About Affair

    Rep. Louie Gohmert derailed the already wild House Judiciary Committee hearing with Peter Strzok after asking the FBI agent a brutally personal question about his wife and the affair he had with a fellow agent.

    Gohmert railed against Strzok for the bias he showed in his text exchanges with Lisa Page, the FBI staffer he had an affair while they worked on the investigation into the Trump campaign.

    But then Gohmert accused Strzok of lying, and the Democratic lawmakers intervened, demanding the Texas Republican withdraw his unproven assertion. Gohmert refused, and got into a heated spat with Rep. David Cicilline, who called his claims “a disgrace.”

    “No the disgrace is what this man has done to our Justice system!” Gohmert fired back, pointing at Strzok.

    He continued, aiming his rage at Strzok: “And I can’t help but wonder, when I see you looking there with a little smirk how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eye and lie to her about Lisa.”

    That comment caused an uproar at the hearing, and one congresswoman even shouted, “what is wrong with you, you need your medication!”

    Watch above, via MSNBC.

  18. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    As you watch today’s Strzok hearing, remember that in prior hearings top Trump aides who secretly met with our enemies and lied to the public about their activities were repeatedly allowed to not answer whatever questions they didn’t feel like answering. This hearing is a *sham*.

  19. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 12:26 pm
  20. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Louie Gohmert slammed for ‘frothing at the mouth’ attack on Peter Strzok – even Fox’s Brit Hume called him out

    ‘I did not think it possible anyone could make Peter Strzok seem a sympathetic figure in this hearing, but Louie Gohmert did. His behavior toward the witness was bullying and insulting, and elicited no information.’

    ‘Gohmert has been little more than a caricature of a goon for a long time, but this was pretty repugnant stuff even by his standards’

  21. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Strzok hearing Democrat brutally trolls GOP by reading into the record comments they made ripping Trump

    …Following an interrogation by House Rep. Darrell Issa (CA) who asked Strzok to read some of the comments he made about Trump — including calling the president a “douche” — Connolly compared the hearing to a “Russian political assault trial.”

    “It’s got all the trappings,” Connolly continued. “Character assassination, demagoguery, connecting dots, generalizing from an isolated incident, cherry-picking facts, sometimes fabricating facts. It’s astounding and a new low in the United States Congress.”

    Noting that Strzok is under attack specifically for the comments, Connolly read off a series of quotes, after which he asked the FBI agent if they were his words. In every case they were the words of a Republican.

    “‘My wife Julia and I, we have a 15-year-old daughter. Do you think I can look her in the eye and tell her I endorsed Donald Trump when he acts like this and his apology? That was no apology. That was an apology for getting caught. I can’t tell the good people in my state that I endorse add person that acts like this,’” read Connolly. “Was that you, Mr. Strzok?”

    “No it was not,”the FBI man replied.

    “It was Republican, [retired Congressman] Jason Chaffetz,” Connolly shot back.

    “Did you write the following. ‘For the good of the country and to give the Republicans a chance after defeating Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump should step aside. His defeat seems almost certain. Four years of Hillary Clinton is not what is best for this country.’ That’s you, right?” he was asked.

    “No,” he recalled.

    “No it was the congressman from Colorado [Rep. Mike Coffman (R)],” Connolly explained.

    And it went on like that for the rest of his question period.

    You can watch the video below:

  22. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Peter Strzok Flattens House GOP: Remembering Trump’s Attacks On Gold Star Family

    Rep. Jim Jordan’s Excuses Implode After His OSU Boss Admits He Knew About Sexual Abuses

  23. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Not “YET” ;-P

    ” The scandal, according to Republicans is the text messages, not the fact that hostile foreign power and an American presidential campaign may have worked together to criminally put Trump in the White House.”

  24. ANONYMOUS July 12, 2018 at 5:29 pm
  25. Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    8:53AM. Please explain what he has done illegally to earn a prison sentence. I’m not aware of any law that says you can’t send texts to a girlfriend. Yes, the FBI may decide to fire him, and that would be unfortunate since the guy is a true asset to our National Security.

    • Anonymous July 12, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      Don’t know. That is why it is a 50/50 and too early to tell. On the surface of what the general public knows, so far, no.

      But people get trapped in their own lies. This man lied to his wife, he used government property to continue a relationship with a colleague to keep it secret (as an FBI agent).

      There is more to this story. He has already shown himself to be untruthful, unfaithful, of bad judgement and of low moral character in actions, which speak volumes above the ‘truth’ in his words.

    • Anon July 13, 2018 at 6:25 am

      The ‘girlfriend’ testifies today behind –
      ‘closed doors’

  26. Anonymous July 14, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Colbert showed clips of this and the Republicans were humiliated. Whatever they were trying to accomplish, they failed miserably. Trey Gowdy should hide for a few weeks until people forget what a dumb cracker he is.

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