Transcripts released from the congressional testimony of fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, revealed a fiery, profanity-filled questioning by then-Rep. Trey Gowdy.
The more than 300 pages of the June 2018 behind-closed-doors testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, which revealed that the Justice Department had blocked the FBI’s access to Hillary Clinton’s private server, also contained the contentious question and answer session between Strzok and Gowdy, who retired from Congress in January.
The South Carolina Republican grilled Strzok about the content of anti-Trump text messages he sent to fired FBI lawyer Lisa Page, zeroing in on why the former FBI agent called President Trump a “f**king idiot” in one of the texts, according to Law & Crime.
“Agent Strzok, when we left, we were in October of 2016, and you were responding to a text where you wrote: I’m riled up. Trump is a f**king idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer. And if I remember correctly, that was in response to your watching the debate. In October of 2016, were you still working on the Russia probe,” Gowdy reportedly said.
“I was?” Strzok asked.
“How about in November of 2016, were you still working on the Russia probe then?” Gowdy asked, to which Strzok replied, “Yes.”
The former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committees made it clear he was not buying Strzok’s claim that his “desire to work on this wouldn’t matter if it was candidate Trump or candidate Clinton or candidate Sanders or candidate whoever.”
“My drive, my interest in doing this, as a national security professional, was from the perspective of protecting the United States,” Strzok said, getting defensive when Gowdy suggested he was biased against Trump since his text message just one day after Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel read: “Who gives a f**k. One more AD versus an investigation leading to impeachment.”
“This is 4 days after Special Counsel Mueller’s probe has been announced. The day it was announced you referenced impeachment. Four days later, you referenced impeachment,” Gowdy said. “It sounds, I guess, to someone who might be a little bit cynical that you had already made up your mind how you wanted it to end. Is that true?”
“I had absolutely not,” Strzok countered, offering a long explanation that apparently didn’t satisfy Gowdy who grilled him next about a text stating, “OMG, this is f***ing terrifying.”
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“Oh, my God, this is f***ing terrifying. What was terrifying about a victory by Trump?” the former federal prosecutor asked. “Did you share her concern [Page’s?] that you were scared for the organization of the FBI if the New York Times probability numbers continued to drop?”
“I wouldn’t say I was scared I think I thought there might be a severe test of the rule of law in the FBI,” Strzok responded as Gowdy pressed him about the meaning of his words and that “this is why you were also dispassionately, objectively investigating whether or not he colluded/coordinated with a foreign actor to interfere with the election?”
“Well, on November the 3rd, you did text: Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are F’ing everything up too. What did ‘F’ing’ stand for?” he asked.
“F***ing,” was Strzok’s reply.
The back and forth continued with even more expletives dropped as Gowdy continued to press the fired FBI agent about how he wanted former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 race and was already “not a fan” of Trump’s, even though he was supposed to be part of an impartial investigation.
“So it’s fair to say you were a Clinton supporter?” Gowdy asked.
“Congressman, I think that’s clear from the reading of the text, certainly, that I wasn’t a Trump fan,” Strzok replied.
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