Strzok Applauded For Confronting Gowdy: Suggestion of Anti-Trump Conspiracy ‘Deeply Corrodes’ FBI
FBI agent Peter Strzok — after he was grilled by Trey Gowdy over his anti-Trump texts — blasted the South Carolina Republican for the suggestion that a deep state worked to sabotage Trump.
It’s been a storyline pushed by Trump, House Republicans, and commentators on Fox News airwaves for months: that the FBI carried out a witch hunt against the Trump campaign. The chief boogeymen of the theory are Strzok and his lover, fellow FBI staffer Lisa Page, who exchanged anti-Trump texts while they were investigation the now president.
After explaining what inspired the texts, Strzok maintained that his personal feelings about Trump did not influence his actions at the FBI.
“I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, at no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took,” he explained. “At every step, at every investigative decision, there are multiple layers of people above me –the assistant director, executive assistant director, deputy director and director of the FBI– and multiple layers of people below me — section chiefs, supervisors, unit chiefs, case agents and analysts — all of whom were involved in all of these decisions.”
“They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me any more than I would tolerate it in them,” he continued. “That is who we are as the FBI. And the suggestion that I in some dark chamber somewhere in the FBI would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me. It simply couldn’t happen.”
“And the proposition that that is going on, that it might occur anywhere in the FBI, deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive,” Strzok told a cold-eyed Gowdy.
Applause broke out at the hearing after Strzok finished his comments.
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