House GOP’s Dog & Pony Show High On Theatrics, Low On Substance

LA Times: “Peter Strzok, the controversial FBI counterintelligence official who became a White House punching bag for sending critical texts about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, pushed back angrily against Republican accusations Thursday that he was biased in his work, insisting that he never let his political views affect his investigations.”

“’Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,’” Strzok told the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in a grueling daylong hearing marked by harsh partisan sparring and sometimes fiery exchanges about his role.”

“Strzok added that during the 2016 campaign, he had information that ‘had the potential to derail and quite possibly defeat Mr. Trump. But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind.’ He did not reveal the material.”

“With much of the politically charged session aired live on cable TV, and the midterm election less than four months away, lawmakers lined up to harangue Strzok or to defend him — at one point, more than 75 members from the two panels wanted a turn at the microphone. They broke little new ground, however, and Strzok appeared weary but relatively unscathed after eight hours as the only witness.”

 

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