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'Unprecedented Level of Animus!' Strzok Gets His Smackdown for Anti-Trump Bias

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Rudy Giuliani opened up a new front late Thursday night in his war against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying that his entire Russian Federation probe should be tossed out because a former key investigator's "pathological hatred" of Donald Trump has tainted everything in his path.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., sent a letter on Wednesday to Page's lawyer, telling her that unless Page agreed to testify publicly before their panels on Thursday at 10 a.m. or behind closed doors on Friday at 10 a.m., the GOP would formally seek to hold her in contempt. Goodlatte said he was holding open the prospect of calling Strzok back again because he was unsatisfied with the lack of answers to some questions.

This is why the whole argument against Strzok and the FBI is absurd: Strzok and colleagues could have doomed Trump with one phone call, leaking the investigation into possible collusion with Russian Federation. They eventually cost Strzok his place on Robert Mueller's investigative team.

The "we'll stop it" text is considered Strzok and Page's most controversial text message to have surfaced.

"No. No he won't".

That set up perhaps the most pivotal moment of the ongoing hearing, as Mr Strzok attempted to defend his, and the FBI's, integrity and explained that the texts in questions came after Mr Trump insulted the Muslim parents of a slain USA soldier, which he called "horrible, disgusting behaviour".

That episode was at the center of an exchange at the hearing-a hearing which immediately broke down into mutual disdain and even outright anger-that is now making the rounds. In fairness, the vast majority condemned Strzok over his texts to his lover without invoking the affair.

In his opening statement, Strzok acknowledged that while his text message criticism was "blunt", it wasn't directed at one person or party and included jabs not only at Trump but also at Clinton and Sen.

Some Democrats applauded after he finished speaking.

This, I think, is a smart tactic-playing defense would allow the Republicans to continue insinuating guilt, while going on the offensive against their inquisitors casts the accusations in their proper partisan light.

Strzok punctuated his testimony with smug expressions and taunting challenges to Republicans from two different House committees.

"Peter Strzok's testimony was a disgrace", Giuliani tweeted. He added, "I know there were many opinions expressed by people who were not part of the investigation - including people in government - but none of that mattered to us. You've embarrassed them; you've embarrassed yourself", Gohmert said. While Republicans badgered Strzok and tried to catch him off-guard, Democrats mostly used their time to argue for the importance of the Mueller investigation.

Gohmert said he meant to ask Strzok about an allegation that the agent was told by Intelligence Community Inspector General's investigator Frank Rucker that an "anomaly" was found in the metadata within Clinton's unauthorized private email server. Strzok said. "You just want to hear - for me to repeat it".

Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee said he would give Strzok a Purple Heart if he could.

Strzok responded to Gohmert's questioning and attacks by saying he "always told the truth".

Strzok concluded the accusation against him and the line of questioning "deeply corrodes what the Federal Bureau of Investigation is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive".