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>> Therefore, it is not a point of order.>> Order?>> And that is your ruling, and I appeal it.>> Not in order.>> And you're making it up as you go along?>> Acrimony and chaos on Capitol Hill Thursday, as a hearing featuring embattled FBI agent, Peter Strzok, quickly descended into a partisan shouting match.
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>> You said you were gonna give him that opportunity of->> I am giving him that opportunity.>> Strzok fiercely denying claims he let his private political views influence his official actions.>> After months of investigations, there's simply no evidence of bias in my professional actions. But I strongly believe today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt.
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>> Strzok played a key role in two of the FBI's most politically charged cases. The investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and the probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices.>> Was a disgrace.>> Mr.->> What his man has done->> Strzok came under fire from Republicans after the Justice Department's Inspector General discovered anti-Trump text messages he exchanged with an FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair.
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House Oversight Committee Chairman, Trey Gowdy.>> Lisa Page. Trump's not ever gonna become president, right? Right? And you replied, no, no he's not. We'll stop it. You're investigating this alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, you're the lead investigator, you originated the investigation. And here you are before you've interviewed a single solitary witness saying f Trump.
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>> Mr. Gowdy, those personal expressions of my observing the political process of the Presidential primaries had no bearing on my actions of any investigation.>> Republicans and Trump seized on those texts charging that they undercut the integrity of the Special Counsel's Russia investigation.>> Mr. Chairman, I object.
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>> Lawmakers squabbled over whether or not Strzok should be held accountable for refusing to answer some questions.>> I have never seen my colleagues so out of control, so angry and so desperate to protect a president.>> Strzok said he deeply regretted the text messages but he said that there were nothing more than private political beliefs.
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>> And the suggestion that I am some dark chamber somewhere in the FBI with somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards. It simply couldn't happen.>> Strzok was taken off Mueller's investigation once his text came to light and now faces an internal investigation.