WASHINGTON – Embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok will meet behind closed doors for a joint deposition with the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday, according to media reports.
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 two weeks ago.
“[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.
Some Republicans suggested the exchange meant they would kill the Clinton e-mail probe.
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.
President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that Strzok should testify in a public setting.
The hearing of Peter Strzok and the other hating frauds at the FBI & DOJ should be shown to the public on live television, not a closed door hearing that nobody will see. We should expose these people for what they are – there should be total transparency!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
Last week House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued a subpoena for Strzok to appear on June 27 (today) at 10 a.m.
Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goleman, told Goodlatte earlier this month that Strzok had agreed to appear before the committee at an unspecified date. Goelman said a subpoena would not be necessary.
However, Goodlatte told Fox News last week that failure to set a calendar date would result in the issuance of a subpoena.
The Washington Examiner reported Tuesday that Strzok agreed to voluntarily appear at the date and time requested in the subpoena.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray are expected to testify before a joint Judiciary-Oversight committee panel on Thursday about decisions the agencies made ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.