Embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok is expected to testify before Congress next...

Embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok is expected to testify before Congress next week

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WASHINGTON – Embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok is expected to testify before a joint House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee panel next Thursday (July 12), the committees announced Friday.

Strzok and fellow agent Lisa Page exchanged text messages in which he said they would stop Donald Trump from being elected president, according to a DoJ IG report that was released last month.

“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right?” Page wrote to Sztrok on Aug. 8, 2016.

“No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok replied.

The agents, who were dating at the time although both were married, were dismissed from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigative team last year after it was discovered they had exchanged anti-Trump texts. Strzok was a lead investigator in the Clinton email probe.

The text messages were provided to Congress in February and have become the focus of Republican claims of political bias at the FBI and DoJ, but these latest messages were not part of that package sent to Congress. They were provided to Attorney General Jeff Sessions several days before the IG report was released.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) subpoenaed Strzok earlier this week to appear at a public hearing scheduled for July 10. Strzok privately testified before a joint Judiciary/Oversight committee panel for 11 hours last week.

Following the testimony Goodlatte and other Republicans accused Strzok of being defiant, saying he refused to answer many of the panel’s questions. Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, accused Republicans of distorting his client’s testimony and called on the committee to release its transcripts.

Goelman told CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” on Tuesday that Strzok might not comply with the subpoena because of the partisan nature of the investigation.

“Because we have come to the conclusion, forced to come to the conclusion, that this is not a search for truth, it is a chance for Republican members of the House to preen and posture before their most radical, conspiracy-minded constituents,” Goelman explained.
Goelman told CNN that Strzok would soon testify but could not definitively state whether his client would appear before the Judiciary and Oversight committees.
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