The Peter Strzok fiasco wrecks the GOP’s bogus conspiracy theory

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"As someone who loves this country and cherishes its ideals, it is profoundly painful to watch and even worse to play a part in".

"This investigation is a political charade - a platform to elevate far-right conspiracy theories and undermine the special counsel's ongoing criminal investigation of the President and his campaign aides", Nadler and Cummings said in that statement.

Trump and his allies have suggested the texts are proof of a so-called deep state conspiracy against him, and that the Mueller probe is a politically motivated "witch hunt".

Peter Strzok prepares to testify before a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees in the Rayburn House Office Building.

What has Trump said about him?

"It is not a hoax".

Strzok said under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he vowed "we'll stop" a Trump candidacy followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member.

Former FBI attorney Lisa Page is expected to appear for a closed-door interview before House Committees Friday.

Declaring an inquisition by the House of Representatives to be "just another victory notch in Putin's belt"-which assumes that Vladimir Putin actually wears a belt and does not simply command his pants not to fall down-FBI "lover boy" Peter Strzok dodged beanball after beanball Thursday at a congressional hearing called to find out whether such subtle tweets as "F- Trump" might be interpreted to suggest that he may not be a strong admirer of the current president of the United States".

Republicans have cited Page's and Strzok's messages as evidence about what they call bias inside federal law enforcement and that conspirators launched the Russian Federation investigation out of partisan animus.

The judiciary committee chairman, Rep.

"Well hang on a second Agent Strzok!"

But some Democrats chose to go further than that and to make Strzok a martyr - or even a hero.

Democrats loudly objected to Goodlatte's attempts to force Strzok to answer Gowdy's first question about how many witnesses were interviewed in the opening days of Russian Federation probe.

The hearing got heated when chairman Bob Goodlatte ordered Strzok to answer a question asked by congressman Trey Gowdy as Democrat committee members complained Goodlatte did not have the authority to do so. Democrats responded with a call to bring back before the committee former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who was not forced to answer certain questions. In a minutes-long retort, he called Gowdy's and his Republican allies' allegations of bias and improper actions "deeply destructive".

The committee devolved into chaos once again as Gowdy tried to support his line of questioning - which he could not. But Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., cut him off and asked him to withdraw the assertion that Strzok had lied.

At one point, Goodlatte told Strzok he could only consult with his own lawyer, not an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer.

He said in his opening statement that his work has never been tainted by politics and the intense scrutiny he faces represents "just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's belt".

The Purple Heart typically is awarded to members of the US military who are wounded or killed by enemies in war. And many Democrats say actions taken by law enforcement during the campaign season - including announcing a reopening of the investigation into Clinton just days before the election - actually wound up harming the Democratic candidate and aiding the Republican candidate, Trump.

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.

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