House Republicans asked Peter Strzok more than 25 questions about his adulterous affair with Lisa Page…
In a blistering letter, Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York and Elijah Cummings of Maryland called on their GOP counterparts to release the transcripts of their 11-hour interview with Peter Strzok, an FBI agent who’s under scrutiny for sending text messages critical of President Donald Trump to his former colleague and lover Lisa Page during the campaign.
Strzok and Page exchanged the anti-Trump texts while working on the FBI team investigating Trump’s campaign for possible collusion with the Russian government.
Despite promises to not interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller, Nadler and Cummings said the Republicans asked Strzok more than 200 questions about confidential sources and other matters relating to the Russia investigation while interviewing him on June 27. They asked more than 30 questions specifically about Strzok’s own conversations with members of Mueller’s team.
The Republicans also asked Strzok more than 25 questions about his love affair with Page, many of which appeared to have no relevance to their inquiry into whether the FBI agents’ personal opinions had any effect on the bureau’s investigation, according to Nadler and Cummings.
“I don’t mean to embarrass you, but is Lisa Page someone that you do or at some point in time did love?” Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, asked Strzok, according to the Democrats.
Nadler and Cummings also claimed the Republicans asked more than 10 questions about Strzok’s voting practices.
“Did you vote in the presidential primary in 2016?” Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, asked, according to the Democrats.
“So it’s fair to say you were a Clinton supporter?” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, asked, the Democrats said.
“And which party did you cast a vote in?” Goodlatte inquired.
The Democrats said the Republicans asked fewer than five questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election and no questions about Trump’s conversations with ex-FBI Director James Comey, which may have constituted obstruction of justice on the president’s part.
The Republicans also asked no questions about the national security impact of Russian election meddling, potential risks to confidential human sources in House investigations, or Russia’s planned interference efforts in the upcoming congressional midterms, the Democrats said.
The Republicans did not immediately respond to the Democratic demand to release the interview transcripts.
The House Republicans decided to question Strzok despite an extensive report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluding there’s no evidence to suggest Strzok’s personal life had any influence on the FBI’s various investigations. The Republicans also plan to interview Page.
To Nadler and Cummings, the Republicans’ insistence on questioning Strzok and Page serves as a distraction to a much more pressing matter.
“This investigation is a political charade — a platform to elevate far-right conspiracy theories and undermine the Special Counsel’s ongoing criminal investigation of the President and his campaign aides, which has already produced five guilty pleas and criminal charges against 23 individuals and entities,” Nadler said.
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