Louie Gohmert Jabs at Strzok With Extramarital Affair Callout

Geraldine Edwards
July 14, 2018

House Democrats demanded that former Trump campaign chief Stephen Bannon be called to testify to Congress as a counterpoint to Thursday's hearing with embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok.

That meant Justice Department investigators could access all their messages, including the ones in which they criticized Trump and appeared to discuss how they might use their powers to keep him from being elected.

Thursday's hearing, which was the first public appearance Strzok has made since he became a central figure in the Russian Federation investigation, underscored the deep tensions on Capitol Hill over the FBI's investigations connected to the 2016 election. "But", he said, "the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind".

Strzok, a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation official who oversaw counterintelligence cases, was removed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election after Justice Department investigators discovered text messages between him and Lisa Page, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer, that were critical of President Trump.

"Agent Strzok had Hillary Clinton winning the White House before he finished investigating her", said Rep. Trey Gowdy, Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Strzok replied that Trump won't. California Rep. Darrell Issa made Strzok read out his own texts, including some with profane language and one that calls Trump a "disaster".

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The Late Show host then mocked the consistent bickering between House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

"I am certain that Congress will have the opportunity to look at any investigation once it is closed", he said.

Plus, he said, both investigations were handled by large teams.

"Most disturbingly, it has been wildly successful - sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions". They are safely walled off from any individual's personal political views, he said.

To which Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, responded, "And I don't believe you".

In the text, Page says Trump is "not ever going to become president, right?"

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On Thursday, Strzok said the message was written late at night after Trump's campaign comments disparaging a slain US soldier. "So, I take great offense, and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn't".

A sign stands outside the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters in Washington, D.C., February 2, 2018. "It simply couldn't happen".

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. Gohmert speculated about whether he looked "so innocent" when he looked into his wife's eyes and lied about the affair. Gohmert took the questioning to a whole new level in pointing out that Strzok was having an extramarital affair with Page.

Gohmert was shouted at when the exchange with Strzok got personal.

Democrats objected to Goodlatte's repeated attempts to get Strzok to answer.

The Strzok-Page saga has also attracted the personal attention of the president, who has frequently commented on the ongoing scandal as evidence of a "witch hunt" against him.

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