The key has always been that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents should not allow their political opinions to influence their work - and for all of the wild accusations made about Strzok and Lisa Page, his lover, none have even come close to proving that their conversations were anything more than expressions of their own individual views.
The Russian intelligence officers were charged with hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign - the latest charges brought in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte asked colleagues to imagine being investigated by someone who "hated you" and "disparaged you in all manner of ways".
You may recall that Lisa Page was originally scheduled to testify to a closed House committee on Wednesday. "This decision is long overdue".
Democrats threw their support behind Strzok with gusto.
"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 eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page?".
The lengthy hearing quickly descended into a partisan shouting match, as Republicans and Democrats interrupted each other's questions, heckling or applauding Strzok. And I've talked to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents around the country.
Despite his questioning of Strzok, whatever views Gohmert had about the sanctity of marriage became moot to many Americans when he endorsed a president who, before entering the White House, had done more interviews bragging about his sexual conquests than his deeply held religious convictions.
"[Strzok] was not a credible witness, and I think his explanations didn't hold water", DeSantis, a member of both the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Thursday on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle".
"He's a liar. I mean he is a good liar", Kallstrom said of Strzok during an interview on "The Evening Edit" on Thursday. He was removed from the Russian Federation investigation after the discovery of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with an FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair.
In his opening statement, Strzok said 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 put on him by Congress is misguided and plays into "our enemies' campaign to tear America apart". 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".
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