Fox News host Laura Ingraham took exception to U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, destroying FBI agent Peter Strzok over an illicit love affair the disgraced agent had with a bureau colleague.
In Ingraham’s eyes, the GOP lawmaker’s take no prisoner approach in questioning Strzok “wasn’t working for Republicans.” Then again, the tactic may have been all about the eyes, and we’re not talking about Ingraham’s peepers.
“I thought at times, it wasn’t working for Republicans, I’ve gotta say,” Ingraham said about Thursday’s hearing. ”I think Peter Strzok did not come across particularly well. Kind of priggish, very, to me, kind of snooty and indignant. I never think that works well for a witness.”
“I like Louie Gohmert a lot — I thought that moment, that exchange with Gohmert and Strzok — I didn’t think that was good,” she added. “And I wouldn’t want to have been one of the Republicans on that committee when that went down.”
Gohmert said his line of questioning went toward establishing the credibility of a witness, as he declared, “[Strzok] knows we know he’s lying and he could probably pass a polygraph.”
And that’s when he dropped the bomb.
“And I’ve talked to F.B.I. agents around the country,” the Texas lawmaker said. “You’ve embarrassed them, you’ve embarrassed yourself. 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 Page.”
Page being the bureau attorney Strzok was having an extramarital affair with.
It was Strzok’s smirk that seemed to particularly irk Gohmert, which may have pushed him over the limit — those beady Frank Burns eyes were all the rage on social media.
On the other hand, Gohmert was on point in highlighting the deception from a senior member of the FBI.
Strzok not only lied to his wife, he and his lover were being deceptive to coworkers and their bosses in the pursuit of a sexual relationship and this surely impacts their job performance.
Besides, Gohmert was likely still seething over Strzok’s closed-door House Judiciary Committee hearing appearance two weeks ago. The lawmaker appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” afterwards and was just as adamant then that the agent was lying.
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“I can’t say what all Strzok said, but during the hours I was watching, you’d see him say things that he knew he was lying. He knew you knew he was lying and yet, he was so cool about the way he would say it,” Gohmert told host Sean Hannity.
“I was sitting there going golly, he’s so good about lying,” he continued. “Then I realize, you know what? He’s been doing that forever to his wife. He has got this lying with the proper emotion down pat.”
But in pushing the point with such determination, the Republican gave the other side fodder to label him as a zealot, distracting from the reality that Strzok is not trustworthy.
Either way, social media users weren’t quick to agree with Ingraham, even if her colleague, Britt Hume, voiced similar concerns.
“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,” Hume tweeted.
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.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) July 12, 2018
But, for one social media user, Hume and Ingraham are cut from the same cloth:
Ingraham is the female version of brit hume
Everything is controversial to her, there is no high ground when dealing with the Democrats
Strzok has disdain for conservatives, Gohmert went right back at them with their own game.
— 🇺🇸California Conservative🦅 (@TheCalPatriot) July 13, 2018
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:
Louie Gohmert is my hero, and I cannot even relate to your, and Laura Ingraham’s disdain for his line of questioning and remarks. Peter Strzok is an arrogant, cocky, pompous ass that does not deserve the sympathy that you and Laura have provided him. You are both better than I.
— Diana Mello (@Diana_Mello) July 13, 2018
Louie Gohmert kicked ass today. Don't know what Laura Ingraham is babbling about. Finally someone who tells it like it is and has some balls
— DrainTheSwamp (@McMerkelJones) July 13, 2018
As usual Laura Ingraham @IngrahamAngle takes the wrong side.. she criticizes Louie Gohmert for asking lying wife cheating #PeterStrzok if he smirked when he lied to his wife about Lisa Page.
Louis Gomhert's question was totally appropriate & long overdue.
— John Sandor (@RealJohnSandor) July 13, 2018
@IngrahamAngle actually it was brilliant! If he couldn’t be honest with his wife and mistress(?) how can he be credible with anything?
— James Gough (@James3940) July 13, 2018
His point, as mirrored by a lot of Americans, Strzok is a proven liar as indicative of his affair and other proofs.
— Wanda-JUSTICE4SETHRICH (@WandaMiller5102) July 13, 2018
She’s virtue signaling. Auditioning for the Romney 2020 campaign?
— Mike Young (@MikeYoungLaw) July 13, 2018
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