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What was the legal basis for an investigation of a presidential campaign? This is nothing but a ruse to try to get to the Mueller investigation and make people think it's baseless, that it's biased.

The hearing was often raucous and seemed at times more like a TV comedy about Congress than a real committee hearing.

House Republican leaders threatened to hold former FBI lawyer Lisa Page in contempt of Congress unless she agrees to testify by Friday morning about her role in the bureau's probes into Hillary Clinton's emails and President Donald Trump's suspected Russian Federation ties.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) was not pleased with Peter Strzok's answers on Thursday.

Strzok was accused of anti-Trump bias by President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in months than Russia has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russia probe can "proceed" given Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's private comments MORE and his Republican allies after the text messages came to light in a highly anticipated report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog last month.

Strzok said he doesn't remember writing the text.

Goodlatte then said: "The gentleman may proceed". He and an FBI lawyer he sent the messages to briefly worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation, but were dismissed from the team a year ago even though FBI agents are not prohibited from privately expressing political views. Strzok was chastised in a June Justice Department Department of Inspector General report, which revealed Strzok texted "we'll stop it" in 2016, seemingly referring seemingly to Donald Trump's path to the presidency.

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In an interview with investigators with the Justice Department's Inspector General, Page said she was "totally appalled that the President would insult the father of a dead service member". That's plausible. He wrote so many anti-Trump texts to Page.

The two were faulted by the official investigation into the conduct of the Clinton email inquiry. Strzok plainly is talking about some sort of action "we" will take, some intervention, not the passivity of hoping Americans will reject Trump based on information it already has. "Cite the rule if there is a rule against what they are doing!"

That exchange prompted an exasperated Rhode Island Democratic Rep. David Cicilline to speak up, saying, "Can't [Strzok] answer the questions that you promised he would have an opportunity to answer?" Multiple GOP lawmakers, including Goodlatte and Gowdy, pointed out that Page has known for more than six months that the committees wanted to interview her; they also argued that she had all the information she needed for an unclassified interview far earlier in the day Tuesday than her lawyer claimed.

"My presumption, based on that terrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States", Strzok said.

On Wednesday, House Republicans signaled they may try to hold Page in contempt of Congress unless she agrees to testify by Friday about her role in the FBI's probes. Wow, but is anybody really surprised!

He also flatly rejected the president's characterizations of Mueller's work and the threat of Russian election interference, saying, "This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax".