GOWDY: ‘I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok…’
(FoxNews.com) FBI official Peter Strzok’s first public hearing tumbled into a rancorous and heated political fracas on Thursday, as Republicans clashed with Democrats as well as the former investigator over his anti-Trump texts — and even threatened contempt for refusing to answer questions on the Russia probe.
Strzok, throughout it all, remained defiant and maintained that he did not show bias in those infamous messages with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
The contempt threat surfaced after House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., questioned “how many witnesses” Strzok interviewed before an August 2016 text from Strzok to Page stating “we’ll stop” then-candidate Trump from becoming president.
Strzok said he was not able to answer the question based on instructions from FBI counsel…
The fireworks came after Strzok testified that his political opinions including anti-Trump texts exchanged in 2016 were rooted in “deep patriotism,” as GOP lawmakers blasted the FBI official for “textbook bias.”
Strzok said in his prepared opening statement that he has never allowed personal opinions to affect his work, that he knew information during the campaign that had the potential to damage then-candidate Trump but never contemplated leaking it to the press, and that recent congressional focus on him is misguided and plays into “our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”…
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy tore into Strzok at the opening of Thursday’s hearing, saying he showed “textbook bias” on the job.
This later escalated into a stunningly heated exchange in which Strzok claimed he was kicked off Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe because of “perception,” not because of bias.
After Strzok said he didn’t “appreciate” how Gowdy was characterizing those events, the congressman fired back:
“I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok.”…Original Source…