"Just An Intimate Conversation": Strzok "Explains" Anti-Trump Texts During Closed Door Testimony

Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence agent removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation over anti-Trump bias, appeared before a closed door session in front of two House committees on Wednesday, where he tried to explain anti-Trump text exchanges with his FBI mistress as "Just an intimate conversation between intimate friends," according to Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee, quoting Strzok's description of the controversial messages.

While Jackson Lee gladly accepted Strzok's answer, Republican Mark Meadows of North Carolina wasn't buying it: 

While Jackson Lee said she believed Strzok’s account that his “intimate” messages didn’t reflect political bias in his work, Republican Representative Mark Meadows said, “None of my concerns about political bias have been alleviated based on what I’ve heard so far.” -Bloomberg

If you have intimate personal conversations between two people, that normally would show the intent more so than perhaps something that would be said out in public,” said Meadows.

Meadows said that some of the questions on Wednesday revolved around "who knew what when - and what was the genesis of the Russia collusion investigation," into Trump's campaign. 

Freedom Caucus member, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) wasn't buying it either, as Sara Carter details: "It was a waste—Strzok is full of it and he kept hiding behind [the] classified information excuse."

Others had similarly disappointed reactions: Freedom Caucus & Judiciary Committee member, Matt Gaetz (R-FL) attended today’s deposition and reacted to Strzok’s testimony, telling the Sean Hannity Radio Show, that “… I am shocked at the lack of curiosity with Robert Mueller. I mean Sean, if you were in Mueller’s shoes, and you had found these text messages, I would think that you would want to ask whether or not they impacted the investigative decisions that were made, whether there was bias, whether there was contact with other members of the FBI regarding the investigation and where it was going and who was making the critical judgment calls,” the Florida Congressman said. “I just cannot believe the lack of curiosity on the part of Robert Mueller. It was the strongest reaction I had today from Peter Strzok’s testimony.”

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Strzok and his paramour Lisa Page - known as the FBI "lovebirds" - harbored extreme political bias for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump while actively involved in cases against each candidate during the 2016 US election. 

Their raging hatred of Donald Trump was discovered in a trove of over 50,000 texts between Strzok and Page which were discovered by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. While Strzok was relegated to the HR department and marched out of his FBI office in mid-June, Page tendered her resignation in May.

In one of the most controversial text exchanges - perhaps because the DOJ withheld it until it came to light in the Inspector Genera's report, Page asks Strzok whether Trump will ever become President: 

Page: “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.

After the Inspector Genera's report came out in mid-June, President Trump tweeted: "The IG Report totally destroys James Comey and all of his minions including the great lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who started the disgraceful Witch Hunt against so many innocent people."

The Judiciary Committee will be meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday to discuss the OIG report. Moreover, GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio is expected to bring a House floor vote demanding that the DOJ turn over documents.

Also Thursday, a Republican resolution demanding that Rosenstein and the Justice Department turn over more internal documents is expected to be brought to the House floor for a vote. It will be a test of how widely Republicans back the push by party conservatives to probe inner workings of the FBI and Justice Department and cast doubt on the legitimacy of the continuing Russia probe.  -Bloomberg

 "All we are asking for are documents we deserve to get -- and they are giving us the finger," said Jordan. 

Meanwhile, every Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to protest Jordan's resolution on "emergency bias," as they say that it shows the committee "has been hijacked by its most extreme majority members at the expense of upholding longstanding committee rules and minority rights."

It was not exactly clear how Congress asking the DOJ to see documents related to a massive political scandal constitute a hijacking.

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SybilDefense HippieHaulers Thu, 06/28/2018 - 05:09 Permalink

Why didn't strozk recuse himself from these investigations.  All the repubilcans have and continue to do so. it's like allowing your ex-wife to furnish your bachelor pad.  You know it's not going to do you any good come Saturday nite, unless your date is blind and has a sense of humor. 

Where is the loyalty to country on the left?  They are only loyal to their own "inclusive" subset, and those who issue their commands.  After all, once BHO got elected, we Republicans didn't try to burn the country down in spite.  We allowed the experiment to continue (for 8+ years) without one rapper 'shooting the president' video, without anyone threatening to bomb the Whitehouse, or cut off his head, or calling mooshell a feckless anything.  The country is above party, unless your a sniveling vengeful limp-left.

 

Jeffrey... Come out and play! And while you are at it, perhaps look into the extreme bias of the MSM.  I'm sure some exposing could be done by investigating big media and the money behind the talking anti-Trump heads.

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TxExPat A wind is rising Thu, 06/28/2018 - 09:29 Permalink

She was smart enough to resign in May.  Different rules apply on a Congressional summons apply to someone who is actively employed by the government at the moment the summons is issued, vs a private citizen.  (you can be fired/quit after receiving the summons, but the legal enforcement is based on your status at the moment the summons is received). 

Short answer being "it appears that either she was smarter than he was, or he was more in need of keeping his job/benefits than she was"...

 

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justyouwait The First Rule Thu, 06/28/2018 - 00:03 Permalink

That is exactly what he should do but he won't. Why is anybody's guess. Just like Congress is unwilling to impeach Rotten Rodney Rosenstein. They have more than enough cause but they refuse to do it.They blame each other and make excuses for it not happening but in the end the will is not there. All I hear is talk from Congressmen and angry tweets out of Trump but neither will do a single thing to use their power to get what they want.

Trump needs to get off twitter for a few minutes and order the declassification of all material. He needs to fire Rosenstein at the same time since Congress is incapable of taking action. Trump will do neither no matter how much he tweets because he, like most of Congress is afraid of Rosenstein and his backers. That is where the real power lies in DC.

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justyouwait Fish Gone Bad Wed, 06/27/2018 - 23:56 Permalink

This is all a dog & pony show to keep congress dwellers in the public eye. "Hey, look at me, I'm mad and doing something". I am sick to death of these Republicans trying to get information out of these guys or Rotten Rodney Rosenstein and then when they get stone walled they snivel and cry on TV looking for sympathy. It has gone on for over a year with no end in sight. Put a guy under oath and he hides behind the "it's above your pay grade" excuse. This is a total waste of time and a complete joke on the country. At least he didn't take the fifth or ask for immunity.

Of course the brain dead Democrats don't even try to hide their disdain for law & order as they ALWAYS come down supporting the criminals.

This country is fried. The true few who want to effect change for the better are being made a laughingstock as underlings stonewall, lie and redact at every chance and are never touched. I have long said, Rotten Rodney Rosenstein is the most powerful man in DC. Congress is afraid to impeach him (should have been done a year ago) and Trump for some reason refuses to fire him. He is untouchable. Meanwhile Jeff Sessions is allowed by his Deep State handlers to play with drugs and illegals and nothing more. The serious stuff is handled by the real AG, Rotten Rodney.

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migra wadalt Wed, 06/27/2018 - 20:41 Permalink

Its just like a drug conspiracy case. You get the street level to flip on the mid level. And the mid level to flip on the upper level. Thats the road map to any conspiracy case. Sometimes it works. If anyone refuses to flip, you bury them with years in the pen for conspiracy. 

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Cistercian wadalt Wed, 06/27/2018 - 22:54 Permalink

He is not a small fish. When comey left if the other dick they perp walked out had replaced him he would have likely been assistant director.

 He was already assistant director of counter intelligence.

 

 He is not just some guy...he was directly connected to serious power which makes his fucktarded disregard for the will of We the People even more egregious.

 He needs to be burned down. Obviously his superiors do too. I personally think the FBI is so fucked now at the upper and mid level it should be shut down completely.

 The continuous string of abuses they are guilty of outweigh any good they have done.

 

 De-fund the traitors and do it NOW!

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