Politics FBI agent: My work has never been tainted by political bias

14:55  12 july  2018
14:55  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Trumps blasts FBI Agent Strzok as 'disgrace to our country'

  Trumps blasts FBI Agent Strzok as 'disgrace to our country' President Trump called FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s testimony on Capitol Hill last week over the investigation of Russian interference in the election a “disgrace to our country.”“I thought it was an absolute disgrace,” Trump said during an interview on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “Where he wants to do things against me before I was even, I guess before I was even the candidate. It was a disgrace. And then he lied about it.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages fueled suspicions of partisan bias will tell lawmakers Thursday that his work has never been tainted by But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI ’s decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton.

Special counsel Robert Mueller removed one of the FBI 's top Russian counterintelligence experts from his team of investigators after an internal investigation found messages he sent that could be interpreted as showing political bias for Hillary Clinton and against President Donald Trump

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WASHINGTON — An FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages fueled suspicions of partisan bias will tell lawmakers Thursday that his work has never been tainted by politics and that the intense scrutiny he is facing represents "just another victory notch in Putin's belt," according to prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press.

Peter Strzok, who helped lead FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton's email use and potential coordination between Russia and Donald Trump's campaign, was testifying publicly for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of the derogatory text messages last year.

FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts apologized, say Democrats

  FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts apologized, say Democrats Strzok told a closed-door House meeting last week that he was sorry for the texts and was not driven by bias.WASHINGTON — The FBI agent who worked on separate investigations of Donald Trump's campaign and Hillary Clinton's use of private email said that he is sorry he sent inflammatory tests about Trump, according to two Democratic sources who heard last week's closed-door House testimony by the agent.

The F.B.I., whose leadership and agents have long seen it as an apolitical institution, has been thrust into the political maelstrom repeatedly over the past two years. Mr. Wray said he was working to ensure that politics stayed out of the F.B.I.’s investigations .

Hayden said Trump's suggestion that the nation's top law-enforcement agency was tainted with bias against President Donald Trump was "an appeal to We are citizens. But among the feds I worked with, it would have been incredibly inappropriate for anyone to express a political view at work ."

He will say in his opening statement that he has never allowed personal opinions to infect his work, that he knew information during the campaign that had the potential to damage Trump but never contemplated leaking it and that the focus on him by Congress is misguided and plays into "our enemies' campaign to tear America apart."

Republican members of the House judiciary and oversight committees were expected to grill Strzok for hours as they argue that the text messages with FBI lawyer Lisa Page color the outcome of the Clinton email investigation and undercut the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russian election interference. Trump himself has launched personal attacks against the two FBI officials, including a Wednesday evening tweet that asked "how can the Rigged Witch Hunt proceed when it was started, influenced and worked on, for an extended period of time" by Strzok. He described the texts as "hate filled and biased."

Giuliani: Trump interview with Mueller 'further away'

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Related: Justice Department releases texts from anti-Trump FBI agent , lawyer having affair. Some Republican lawmakers have contended the communication reveals the FBI and the Mueller team to be politically tainted and biased against Trump — assertions Wray has flatly rejected.

Trump’s supporters have argued that the findings are proof of political bias at the FBI ’s highest levels that then tainted the Russia investigation , first led by the FBI and now by special counsel Robert Mueller.

In the prepared remarks, Strzok acknowledges that while his text message criticism was "blunt," it was not directed at one person or political party and included jabs not only at Trump but also at Clinton as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders. He said there was "simply no evidence of bias in my professional actions."

"Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took," he will say.

He says that he was one of the few people during the 2016 election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that that information could have derailed Trump's election chances. "But," he said, "the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind."

Although Strzok has said through his lawyer that he was eager to tell his side of the story, he makes clear his exasperation at being the focal point of a congressional hearing at a time when Russian election interference has been successfully "sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions."

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page meeting with House panels about anti-Trump texts

  Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page meeting with House panels about anti-Trump texts Her messages with FBI agent Peter Strzok have fueled Republicans’ claims of political bias at the bureau.Page arrived on Capitol Hill around 1:30 p.m. The meeting was expected to last several hours.

The bureau 's critics point to anti-Trump text messages sent by a senior FBI agent involved in the Clinton email investigation and the Russia probe. They say those texts support their claims that the FBI is tainted by political bias .

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"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," Strzok will say, according to the remarks. "As someone who loves this country and cherishes its ideals, it is profoundly painful to watch and even worse to play a part in."

He also flatly rejected the president's characterizations of Mueller's work and the threat of Russian election interference, saying, "This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax."

The sharp tone of Strzok's statement sets the stage for a contentious hearing following hours of closed-door questioning last week. It also reflected an effort to shift attention away from the content of Strzok's texts and onto what he says is the more pressing issue: the Russians' "grave attack" on American democracy and continuing efforts to divide the country.

But that's unlikely to be the focus of Thursday's hearing. Republicans eager for ways to discredit Mueller's investigation have for months held up the texts from Strzok and Page to support allegations of anti-Trump bias within federal law enforcement. One message that has received particular attention, and is likely to be discussed at the hearing, is an Aug. 8, 2016 text in which Strzok, discussing with Page the prospect of a Trump win, says, "No. No he won't. We'll stop it."

FBI's Strzok Subpoenaed by House GOP for Public Hearing July 10

  FBI's Strzok Subpoenaed by House GOP for Public Hearing July 10 FBI agent Peter Strzok, a central target of allegations by President Donald Trump and his allies of investigative bias and misconduct, has been subpoenaed to testify publicly on July 10 before two House committees. The subpoena issued Tuesday by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia comes a week after Strzok was interviewed behind closed doors by that committee and members and staff of the Oversight and Government Reform panel.There was no immediate comment from the lawyer for Strzok, whose anti-Trump text exchanges in 2016 fed Republican allegations of bias in the FBI.

The central figure in both probes is FBI agent Peter Strzok. Investigative journalist Sara Carter has said that “a lot more is going to come out” regarding other text messages from people connected to the investigation that could expose improper political biases .

The agent , Peter Strzok, is turning into a Forrest Gump character who figured in key moments in the FBI 's recent history. The two Clinton aides may have lied to the FBI President Trump has tweeted about the Strzok story, suggesting both the Flynn and Clinton investigations were tainted by bias .

The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety through the texts. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to not pursue criminal charges against Clinton. And many Democrats say actions taken by law enforcement during the campaign season — including announcing a reopening of the investigation into Clinton just days before the election — actually wound up harming the Democratic candidate and aiding the Republican candidate, Trump.

FBI Director Chris Wray says the FBI has referred to internal disciplinary officials employees who were singled out for criticism in the inspector general's report. Strzok's lawyer has said he was escorted from the FBI building last month as the disciplinary process winds its way through the system.

Page left the bureau in May. House lawmakers have subpoenaed her to appear for a private interview and warned her that they would begin the process of holding her in contempt if she does not show this week. Her lawyer says Page had offered to voluntarily appear before the committees later this month but needed more clarification about what the lawmakers would be asking.


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Dems try to end hearing on bias against conservatives in tech .
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday tried to end a hearing on alleged conservative bias at social media companies and instead turn the discussion to Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the committee's ranking member, moved to go into an executive session on Russia's election meddling. His motion failed 12-10.Tensions were high as the panel's Democrats blasted Republicans for holdi ng a second hearing on whether conservative voices are targeted on social media.Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) called the investigation a "fairy tail" and "pure fantasy.

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