GOP lawmakers: Lisa Page more 'credible' witness than Peter Strzok

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Scorches GOP in Testimony Fit For Aaron Sorkin Script

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Scorches GOP in Testimony Fit For Aaron Sorkin Script

Controversial FBI agent Peter Strzok said on Thursday that he had damaging information on US President Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential election that may have derailed his campaign.

This is because Strzok had participated in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the special counsel's probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation - but was removed from the latter last summer, after an internal investigation discovered that he had expressed a low opinion of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race in text messages with his colleague Lisa Page.

"These were his words, [when] he sat in front of us for eight hours, nine hours and denied there was any bias". He was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of the derogatory text messages a year ago, exchanged with an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer he was having an affair with.

"The only reason we know about it is that these kinds of things were going on on official phones that were discoverable", the congressman added.

The texts included saying "we'll stop" Trump and also "F Trump".

At one point, Strzok refused to answer questions, citing a directive by Federal Bureau of Investigation attorneys, leading the chairman to threaten him with contempt of Congress.

Several Republicans on the committee, including those who have threatened Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein with contempt or impeachment, praised the indictment of the Russian officials Friday.

In an exchange with Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, chair of the House Oversight Committee, Strzok defended his "we'll stop" Trump text.

At one point, Trey Gowdy, chairman of the oversight committee, grew frustrated with Strzok's answers and shouted: "I don't give a damn what you appreciate Agent Strzok". "It was the existence of your bias that got you kicked off", Gowdy said.

Peter Strzok testified publicly for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team after the discovery of derogatory text messages he traded with an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer.

'At no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took, ' Strzok said.

In his first public comments since private text messages between Strzok and Page were disclosed, the agent concluded opening remarks with a pointed broadside against his antagonisers.

Mr Strzok's case has been used by the president and many Republicans to discredit Mueller's investigation on alleged ties between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin.

The hearing lasted five hours and may resume on Monday.

Strzok sought to clear the air over his messages and volunteered to testify after the Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz, released a report in June revealing how senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials repeatedly expressed support for Clinton and disdain for Trump during the election.

Republicans, on the other hand, peppered Strzok with questions and expressed outrage that's been building for months.