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Room erupts in anger and disbelief after Rep. Louie Gohmert asks FBI agent Peter Strzok about affair

Embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok Defiantly Defends Himself at Heated House Hearing

Strzok was grilled by members of Congress over allegations of apparent anti-Trump bias revealed in a series of text messages he exchanged with ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair.

At the center of suspicion surrounding him are a series of text messages he exchanged with his lover, former Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page. I didn't agree with her characterization of every text message and every piece of evidence.

On the one side are Democrats who heard in Strzok's testimony an unflinching, if flawed, G-man trying to stop Russian interference in American democracy.

Republicans and Democrats shouted and swapped insults in the U.S. House of Representatives session, attended by dozens of lawmakers, as agent Peter Strzok said his personal political views had never affected his official work. "I can tell you, in ways I think she's been falsely accused about not being willing to cooperate".

Strzok's peculiar reaction to one question caught the eye of viewers and many took to Twitter to confirm that their eyes weren't deceiving them. Last year, he was reassigned from Mueller's team after the compromising texts emerged.

"Mr. Gowdy, my understanding of why I was kicked off was that based on an understanding of those texts, and the perception that they might create-" Strzok said. Strzok further went on to emphasize that no text he sent would ever influence his conduct in an investigation against the president, and that Republican attempts to undermine the FBI were a "victory notch in Putin's belt".

Giuliani, who usually delivers his messages through television interviews, was responding to Strzok's highly contentious hearing Thursday before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

"Credibility of a witness is always an issue", Gohmert retorted over the commotion.

The cable news networks televised the wild hearing, as Republicans led the attack on Strzok and Democrats defended him.

In a statement, the congressman said, "My intent was to speak metaphorically to make a broader point about attacks against the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller's investigation into a Russian attack on our country".

Strzok is not the ideal messenger, but he was right about this message: "Russian interference in our elections constitutes a grave attack on our democracy", he said.

Strzok said under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he vowed "we'll stop" a Trump candidacy followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member.

Strzok called it "horrible and disgusting behaviour", and said he was stating his opinion the electorate would "stop" a candidate like that. He told Gohmert the fact that he would say that to him "shows more what you stand for" than anything else. Mueller was appointed by a top Justice Department official following Trump's dismissal in May 2017 of FBI Director James Comey.

The hearing exposed clear partisan divides in the House judiciary and oversight committees, as Democrats accused Republicans of trying to divert attention from Trump's ties to Russian Federation through an excessive focus on Strzok.

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