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.
Republican lawmakers who attended a closed-door hearing with ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page touted her willingness to cooperate on Friday - in contrast with her ex-lover Peter Strzok, who testified for more than 10 hours on Capitol Hill Thursday.
He and former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page were having an extramarital affair during the campaign and exchanged thousands of politically charged texts.
"At no time, in any of those texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok told lawmakers.
Strzok angrily responded, saying the "we'll stop it" text came in response to campaign occurrences such as Trump insulting the immigrant father of a fallen USA soldier.
"He's a liar. I mean he is a good liar", Kallstrom said of Strzok during an interview on "The Evening Edit" on Thursday. Democrats objected to Goodlatte's repeated attempts to get Strzok to answer.
"Through it all, Strzok emerged as a largely unflappable, if unlikely, champion of the very bureau that removed him from his role in the Russian Federation investigation last July".
Democratic Representative Luis Gutierrez said when it was his turn to question Strzok: "Congratulations Kremlin, and congratulations to everyone who is helping them". The 2008 Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly challenged Mueller's appointment and claimed no collusion took place between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, while personally attacking Mueller and any findings of his probe.
As I've written before, Page is a lesser figure in all of this both because she no longer works for the FBI and also because she wasn't in charge of the investigations in the same way as Strzok.
Strzok was reassigned from the Russian Federation investigation.
"Credibility of a witness is always an issue", Gohmert retorted over the commotion.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for engaging in "large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 USA presidential election".
The exchange may well come across like two people trying to torpedo a presidential candidate, but honestly I think it's just as likely we'd learn, with more text messages, that "the country" is a pet nickname Strzok once gave to Page's bellybutton. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.
The hearing quickly devolved into shouting matches between Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Trey Gowdy of SC, the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia threatened to initiate contempt proceedings against her. And Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman said, "I have never seen my colleagues so out of control, so angry". "This information had the potential to derail, and quite possibly, defeat Trump".