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Rep. Jeffries Blasts ‘Kangaroo Court’ Strzok Hearing: Not Worthy of an Ace Ventura Investigation

Adding to mounting backlash from some lawmakers against criticism of Peter Strzok, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY 8th District) railed against Thursday’s hearing about the former FBI agent’s work, saying it wasn’t even worth the an investigation by fictional pet detective Ace Ventura.

“This investigation is a joke. It’s a fraud,” Jeffries said. “This hearing is a kangaroo court. It is a three-ring circus. It is not even meritorious of an investigation by Ace Ventura pet detective, let alone 75 members of the United States Congress.”

Jeffries contended the hearing was nothing but a distraction tactic to divert attention from Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into President Donald Trump‘s campaign, and possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.

“My colleagues in the cover up caucus don’t like that criminal investigation and, therefore, they need to identify a villain,” Jeffries said. “Mr. Strzok, tag, you’re it.”

Strzok was ousted from Mueller’s team after texts were uncovered from him to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, showing anti-Trump animosity. Republicans have since touted the messages as evidence Strzok’s work was politically biased, which he maintains is not true.

Jeffries slammed the party’s selective friendships with shady and characters with criminal pasts, noting Trump has no problem cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, since they don’t “meet the Republican villain test.”

“But we’re supposed to believe that agent Peter Strzok, a former army officer, who has served the FBI with distinction, yes, made some mistakes, is the gravest existential threat to our democracy,” Jeffries said. “How dare you lecture us about villains when your party continues to turn a blind eye to that parade of degenerates that I just listed.”

Concluding his argument, Jeffries suggested lawmakers “stop wasting taxpayer dollars and get back to the business of the American people.”

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