During Strzok's almost 10 hours of congressional testimony Thursday, where he faced criticism and scrutiny from Republicans over anti-Trump text messages he had exchanged with then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Cohen had said to him: "If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would".
"I have the utmost respect for Congress' oversight role, but I truly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart", Strzok said.
This prompted Gohmert in turn to raise his voice, turn to Strzok and say, "No, the disgrace is what this man has done to our justice system". Outgoing Congressman Trey Gowdy brought up that text and another in which Strzok said Hillary Clinton should win "100 million to zero".
"Why is he still getting a paycheck from the American taxpayer?"
"Your testimony is essential to this hearing and to our oversight and information gathering functions with regard to the actions taken and decisions made by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2016 and 2017".
But there was one bombshell revelation that our friend Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1) dropped during the hearing for which Strzok had no arrogant parry.
"I've been arguing we needed to use that and other tools", he said.
"Agent Strzok had Hillary Clinton winning the White House before he finished investigating her. Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him". Virginia GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, said the rule only applies to members of Congress and the President. Gohmert furiously implored, referring to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok had an extramarital affair. At one point, Rep. Rep.More news: Man harasses woman for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt, saying it’s ‘un-American’
"No interview has been done before you're talking about impeachment of the president", Gowdy said during the hearing on Capitol Hill.
"[Strzok] was not a credible witness, and I think his explanations didn't hold water", DeSantis, a member of both the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Thursday on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle".
The hearing quickly devolved into shouting matches between Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
"President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him", Giuliani said.
A congressional official in the room who was granted anonymity to discuss the proceedings, said Page refused to answer some questions.
"This information had the potential to derail and quite possibly defeat Mr. Trump, but the thought of expressing that, or exposing that information never crossed my mind", Efe quoted Mr Strzok as telling to lawmakers during a congressional hearing.
FBI Director Chris Wray has said employees who were singled out for criticism by the inspector general have been referred to internal disciplinary officials.