Stephen Lynch was confused with Louie Gohmert during Peter Strzok hearing

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Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) said Thursday that he would give embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok a Purple Heart if he could.

Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who led the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and previously worked on the investigation into links between the Russian government and President Donald Trump's campaign, was testifying before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

"These were his words, [when] he sat in front of us for eight hours, nine hours and denied there was any bias". He was removed from this team after the release of a series of personal text messages he had exchanged with a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, in which Strzok expressed his personal opposition to Trump.

Gohmert said he was incensed at Strzok and thought he was knowingly lying to lawmakers, which in turn steered his questioning of Strzok toward his personal life. "We don't want to read text message after text message dripping with bias against one of the two presidential candidates", Goodlatte said, adding that the congressional inquiry "goes to the very heart of our system of justice", and that Strzok and other feds had turned that "on its head".

Strzok said he could not answer a question about the early stages of the FBI investigation into Russian intervention because the probe is still ongoing and FBI counsel had instructed him not to. Last year, he was reassigned from Mueller's team after the compromising texts emerged.

"The credibility of a witness is always an issue", Gohmert said, as the committee fell into momentary chaos. "No he won't. We'll stop it".

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'Shame on you, ' one lawmaker shouted.

"I found Lisa Page to be far more credible than Strzok", Gaetz said.

"He thinks promising to stop someone he is supposed to be fairly investigating from ever becoming president isn't bias", Gowdy said.

"I've talked to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents around the country", Gohmert continued, visibly upset.

FBI Director Chris Wray says employees who were singled out for criticism in the report have been referred to internal disciplinary officials.

Gohmert said he meant to ask Strzok about an allegation that the agent was told by Intelligence Community Inspector General's investigator Frank Rucker that an "anomaly" was found in the metadata within Clinton's unauthorized private email server.

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