Strzok Defends Anti-Trump Texts: ‘Simply No Evidence of Bias in My Actions’
Former FBI deputy assistant director Peter Strzok came out swinging at his House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday with a statement defending his anti-Trump texts.
Strzok testifies today over his affair with Lisa Page, and the anti-Trump texts they echanged while investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia, as well as Hillary Clinton. In his opening remarks, Strzok said he had access to information in 2016 that could’ve seriously derailed Trump, but he never even thought of leaking it to the public, and there was “no evidence” he allowed his opinions to improperly influenced his actions.
“At times my criticism was blunt, but despite how it’s been characterized, it was not limited to one person or one party – I criticized various countries and politicians, including Secretary Clinton, Senator [Bernie] Sanders…Trump and others,” Strzok said. “Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took. This is true for the Clinton email investigation, for the investigation into Russian interference, and for every other investigation I’ve worked on.”
“I understand that my sworn testimony will not be enough for some people,” he continued. “After all, Americans are skeptical of anything they hear out of Washington. But the fact is, after months of investigations, there is simply no evidence of bias in my professional actions.”
As Strzok disputed Trump’s “witch hunt” smears of Robert Mueller‘s investigation, he lamented that the intrigue into himself is a distraction while continues to “sow discord” throughout the country.
“I have the utmost respect for Congress’s oversight role, but I truly believe that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart,” said Strzok. “As someone who loves this country and cherishes its ideals, it is profoundly painful to watch and even worse to play a part in.”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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