Wild scenes at Russia-probe hearing as Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Republicans clash

“I’ve never seen a president say anything as strange and counterproductive as President Trump’s harangue against NATO and Germany,” John Kerry wrote. “It was disgraceful destructive and flies in the face of the actual interests of the United S

FBI agent Peter Strzok, whom Ingraham called "snooty and indignant", testified for hours before the joint committees about sending anti-Trump text messages while working on the FBI's investigation into Russian election interference in 2016.

The hearing immediately got off to a contentious start Thursday, with Republicans slamming Strzok and Democrats warning their colleagues not to interfere with Mueller's investigation.

Democrats upped the drama as well, yelling at the Republicans throughout the hearing.

Throughout the hearing, Strzok denied that any of his animus toward Trump affected his work, and said lawmakers were taking his words out of context.

Strzok also said he was one of the few people during the 2016 US election who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with people in the Trump orbit, and that information could have derailed Trump's election chances.

The Strzok-Page saga has also attracted the personal attention of the president, who has frequently commented on the ongoing scandal as evidence of a "witch hunt" against him.

She wondered if it was time to remove the cameras from congressional hearings. "There is collateral damage from these attacks that isn't even being taken into account".

House Judiciary Chairman Bob W. Goodlatte (R-Va.) cocked an eye at Strzok's claim of neutrality in the probes of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Trump campaign. "The more information we acquire, the more interviews we conduct, and the more sources we contact, the more we learn".

On Friday, Page will sit down with the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees, which have sought her testimony for seven months.

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Thursday's hearing, which was the first public appearance Strzok has made since he became a central figure in the Russian Federation investigation, underscored the deep tensions on Capitol Hill over the FBI's investigations connected to the 2016 election. Mueller was appointed by a top Justice Department official following Trump's dismissal in May 2017 of FBI Director James Comey. He earlier had worked on an FBI investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information while she was secretary of state.

Republican members of the House judiciary and oversight committees grilled Strzok as they argued that text messages he exchanged with FBI lawyer Lisa Page colored the outcome of the Clinton investigation and undercut the ongoing Russian Federation probe.

Trump criticized the two again ahead of the House hearing in a Twitter post from his trip to Europe.

Strzok said under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he vowed "we'll stop" a Trump candidacy followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member.

'Peter Strzok's testimony was a disgrace, ' Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, said afterward.

Strzok said on Thursday that the "we" in the text referred to the American people because he believed Trump would not win the election after criticizing families whose relatives had been killed while serving in the USA military.

However, he added in a raised voice and emphatic tone: 'It was in no way - unequivocally - any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate. He said Strzok's texts were "the flawless foil" for Republicans.

In the clip below, Gowdy reads a part of one of Strzok's texts.

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