FBI deputy assistant director Peter Strzok will appear before the House Judiciary Committee today, during which, he shall face questions about his relationship with Lisa Page and his conduct with regard to President Trump. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
For months, Strzok has become a focal point for the accusations that the FBI’s top levels are corrupt and biased against President Trump. Much of this stems from a series of text messages he shared with Page while they carried out a love affair during the 2016 election and the months afterward.
Strzok and Page expressed significant disdain for Trump on multiple occasions, and the last batch of uncovered text messages included a moment where Strzok said “we’ll stop” the president’s rise to office. This has drawn considerable intrigue since Strzok used to work on Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and was one of the leading investigators into Hillary Clinton‘s email scandal.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz recently released a report where he lambasted Strzok and other FBI figures for displaying bias, even if there wasn’t any clear evidence that it skewed their decision-making. Nonetheless, Trump and his supporters continue to use Strzok’s actions as evidence of the FBI’s improper conduct.
Stzrok’s testimony is bound to attract extra levels of intrigue today since Page recently defied a subpoena requiring her to give a closed-door deposition before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee. Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte and Oversight chairman Trey Gowdy have commented that Page has known for some time that her appearance is required, and they’ve threatened to hold her in contempt of Congress if she continues to resist her subpoena.
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