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The President and his allies have cited the texts between Strzok and former Federal Bureau of Investigation agaent Lisa Page as evidence that Mueller's probe is biased against the President, and Trump tweeted about Strzok multiple times in the leadup to Thursday's hearing.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers openly yelled at one another as the chair of the House's judiciary committee, Republican Robert Goodlatte of Virginia said Peter Strzok needed to answer questions and suggested they might recess the hearing and hold him in contempt.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) ordered Strzok to answer Gowdy's question.

During his opening statement, House Oversight Committee ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland asserted that Republicans were trying to shut down a fruitful investigation.

"This decision is long overdue", Goodlatte said. In breaking his months-long silence, Strzok vigorously defended his handling of two hugely sensitive investigations in which he played a leading role: inquiries into Hillary Clinton's email use and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

At one point, Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, invoked Strzok's personal life by alluding to the fact the texts were exchanged while he and Page were in a relationship.

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Strzok worked on FBI investigations into both Clinton's use of an email server and potential co-ordination between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.

An FBI agent assailed as biased by Donald Trump after it emerged he railed against the president in private messages with his lover, said on Thursday such attacks are bolstering Russia's Vladimir Putin and tearing the United States apart.

Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen found himself in hot-water Thursday among America's fearless service men and women; bizarrely saying anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok deserves a Purple Heart over his escalating scandal.

"I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, at no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", he said.

"I will not, based on direction of the FBI. answer that question, because it goes to matters which are related to the ongoing investigations being undertaken by the special counsel's office", Strzok replied, at a joint hearing of the Judiciary and Oversight committees.

Instead of probing this matter, however, the GOP-led Congress is fulminating over a transparently absurd theory about the non-existent impact of anti-Trump bias in the agency.

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Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok denied his political bias against President Trump affected his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and Russian Federation probe.

Peter Strzok is about to testify.

This evidence is in the form of testimony from Attorney General Loretta Lynch, recounting a conversation she had with former FBI Director James Comey. Gowdy blasted Strzok for saying in messages to Page that Trump was a "menace" who he would "stop", while the investigation was still in its infancy.

"Because, while it's certainly possible that Mr. Giuliani is exaggerating or engaging in some sort of puffery, the reality is that also given the things that were going on, given timing that the laptop was there and he was talking about that in the context of a big surprise, it caused me great concern that he had information about that - that he should not have had", Strzok said. Goodlatte told CNN that Page had agreed to appear Friday.

This is the most disgusting moment from the Peter Strzok hearing all day.

The sharp tone of Strzok's statement set the stage for a contentious hearing following hours of closed-door questioning last week.

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