Strzok was testifying before a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, where he defended himself against claims he allowed his personal biases to affect his investigation into alleged ties between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.
Strzok was a lead agent in both the Russian Federation probe and the investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.
"You need to understand that that was written late at night, off the cuff, and it was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero, and my presumption based on that frightful, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States".
Strzok responded to Gohmert's questioning and attacks by saying he "always told the truth".
Strzok said he was directed by FBI's legal counsel not to answer questions about an ongoing investigation, but Goodlatte demanded that he answer Gowdy's question, prompting a lengthy delay before Strzok asked to speak to the FBI general counsel. Strzok said he was not alone in holding political opinions, noting that colleagues in 2016 supported both Clinton and Trump but did not reflect those views on the job.
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President Trump has seized on the Strzok and Page's texts to denounce the Mueller probe as nothing more than a "witch hunt". Strzok was questioned for 11 hours over his role and alleged bias in a closed hearing of the two committees two weeks ago.
What he referred to as a "parliamentary smackdown" and the "Thunder Dome" in the Capitol Dome, Colbert began explaining to his audience how Strzok's anti-Trump tweets were being scrutinized by GOP lawmakers.
Strzok repeatedly insisted that the texts, including one in which he called Trump a "disaster", did not reflect political bias and had never infected his work.
"I urge our chairmen to change course and to keep their promises to protect the integrity of the special counsel's investigation", Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in his opening statement Thursday.
Despite the president facing about a dozen allegations of sexual harassment - many of them allegedly occurring while Trump was in one of his three marriages - social conservatives in Congress have failed to take him to task at anywhere close to the level that Gohmert did Strzok.
"It wasn't the discovery of your texts, Mr. Strzok".
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, threatened Strzok with contempt, claiming he was under subpoena.
He then mocked Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) over an fiery exchange he had with Strzok. He said the text, written late at night and off-the-cuff, reflected his belief that Americans would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behaviour" by the presidential candidate. Goodlatte said he was holding open the prospect of calling Strzok back again because he was unsatisfied with the lack of answers to some questions. "He can consult with the Federal Bureau of Investigation counsel, he's an Federal Bureau of Investigation employee". Gowdy said, pointing out the pro-Hillary bias among other members of the investigative team who weren't booted from it.