Peter Strzok hearing revealed one thing - Washington's partisan dysfunction

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Rep. Gohmert went after FBI agent Peter Strzok for cheating on his wife throughout the investigations into Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Republican members of the House judiciary and oversight committees grilled Strzok as they argued that text messages he exchanged with FBI lawyer Lisa Page colored the outcome of the Clinton investigation and undercut the ongoing Russian Federation probe.

On the GOP side, Republicans repeatedly slammed Strzok for texts to girlfriend and Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page that they argued showed clear bias against then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani: Trump interview with Mueller "further away" ACLU calls for Trump officials to hand over info on immigrant children Kushner to join Pompeo for meetings with Mexican leaders MORE.

In the prepared remarks, Strzok acknowledges that while his text message criticism was "blunt", it was not directed at one person or political party, and included jabs not only at Trump, but also at Clinton as well as Sen.

"In the majority's view, we do not have time to conduct oversight on nearly any national security issue - but we have hours on end to discuss Mr. Strzok's extramarital affair", Nadler said. "You've embarrassed them, you've embarrassed yourself, and I can't help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk - how many times did you look so innocently into your wife's eye and lie to her about Lisa Page?".

"You need your medication", Rep.

Strzok tried to respond, but Gohmert cut him off, insisting that he was not allowed to answer due to hearing rules that the witness could only respond if a representative asked a direct question.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) even questioned Strzok's character.

"I don't give a damn what you appreciate, agent Strzok".

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When Strzok declined to answer some questions on the Russian Federation probe, Goodlatte suggested Republicans might recess the hearing and hold him in contempt. Democrats objected and Goodlatte eventually let the hearing proceed.

But Republicans eager to undermine Mueller's investigation berated Strzok, holding up the texts as evidence of partisan bias within a law enforcement agency meant to steer clear of political considerations.

Her appearance also comes a day after Strzok, with whom Page was romantically involved, on Thursday attempted to explain for the first time in public his infamous text message saying "we'll stop" Donald Trump from being elected president. In it, Strzok describes his reluctance to work on behalf of the special counsel, and that seemed to imply he didn't think there would be substantial findings of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign team. He said the late-night, off-the-cuff text reflected his belief that Americans would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behavior" by the presidential candidate.

Mr Strzok's case has been used by the president and many Republicans to discredit Mueller's investigation on alleged ties between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin. "This will show that this is the entire joint investigation is at best a partisan distraction from more important matters".

Page is expected to speak to lawmakers at a private meeting Friday.

For a brief moment, lawmakers floated the idea of Strzok having some company when he appears Thursday - as the committee offered Page a spot to testify at Thursday's hearing. Tuesday that she would have access to the documents she needed for Wednesday's interview.

"[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right?"

But Goodlatte pushed back at the top of the hearing, defending his committee's investigation.

"Lisa Page has finally agreed to appear before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees for a transcribed interview tomorrow", Goodlatte said in a statement. So much corruption on the other side.

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