Wild scenes at Russia-probe hearing as Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Republicans clash


Strzok is in the hot seat because he helped steer two politically charged investigations, into Hillary Clinton's email use and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. It also follows a dramatic back-and-forth between her lawyer and Capitol Hill Republicans, who were forced to have U.S. Marshals serve a subpoena for her appearance. They stuck with him still when he acknowledged paying hush money to a porn actress who alleged an affair. New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said, "You need your medication!" Strzok, who has already spoken to the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees behind closed doors, is expected to testify publicly before the panels Thursday.

While reading one in which he used the f-word while talking about Trump, Strzok paused and asked how he should handle it, then finished.

Cuomo broke out his whiteboard to detail why he thinks House Republicans failed to make their case against Strzok and their ultimate target, Mueller.

There were frequent interruptions, but the loudest came several hours into the hearing when Democrats exploded during a tense exchange between Strzok and Rep. Louie Gohmert, Republican of Texas, who appeared to question Strzok's character.

Controversial FBI agent Peter Strzok said on Thursday that he had damaging information on US President Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential election that may have derailed his campaign.

The actual outcome - the Federal Bureau of Investigation released damaging information about Clinton on the eve of the election but kept mum about damaging information about Trump - suggests that, if anything, the bias went the other way.

"It wasn't the discovery of your texts, Mr. Strzok".

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

Strzok said "based on that frightful, disgusting behavior", he assumed Trump would not win the election.

Plus, he said, both the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations were handled by large teams that "would not tolerate any improper behaviour in me any more than I would tolerate it in them".

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the congressional focus on the "internal workings of the special counsel's investigation" distracts from more critical questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the need to protect future US elections from foreign influence.

"Mr. Chairman, I do not believe I am here under subpoena, " Strzok said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., held open the possibility that the panel would still hold Strzok in contempt because he wouldn't answer questions about the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Last month, Rosenstein defended the pace of the document production in the joint hearing.

In his opening statement, Strzok said he has never allowed personal opinions to infect his work, that he knew information during the campaign that had the potential to damage Trump but never contemplated leaking it and that the focus put on him by Congress is misguided and plays into "our enemies' campaign to tear America apart".

California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of California took the step of asking Strzok to read his own text messages out loud at the hearing, including when he called Trump a "douche". He said Strzok's texts were "the flawless foil" for Republicans. Trump's staff has opted to keep him largely out of central London and the swarms of demonstrators who are expected to protest the president's every move during his two-day stay in the United Kingdom.

Page had no comment when approached by Fox News on the way into Friday's closed-door meeting.