FBI Agent Peter Strzok helped President Trump become president of the United States by failing to let the public know his campaign was under FBI investigation, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) fumed at Thursday’s hearing.
“I just need to say in closing, if anybody should be pissed at the FBI, because you helped this unfit man become president of the United States by not revealing to the people that he was under investigation in his campaign, it should be me,” Coleman said.
“They (Republicans) should applauding you, kissing you, and giving you all awards, because but for you, we would have had a legitimate president elected.”
In his opening statement to the committee, Strzok insisted there was no evidence of bias in his professional actions — but he said there was evidence supporting his integrity:
“In the summer of 2016, I was one of a handful of people who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with members of the Trump campaign. This information had the potential to derail, and quite possibly, defeat Mr. Trump. But the thought of expressing that, or exposing that information never crossed my mind,” he told the committee.
Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) attempted to bring some objectivity to delustional Democrats to imagine FBI agent Peter Strzok’s text messages were about them, former President Barack Obama or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
As you can see above, it went to no avail.
“For all those in this room who continue to disparage our investigation as mere conspiracy theory, and for all those who have chosen to ignore serious irregularities and potential crimes that we have uncovered, I say this: Imagine if you were under investigation and the investigator hated you, disparaged you in all manner of ways, and fraternized with another employee working on your case who also hated you, denigrated your supporters, and made crucial investigative decisions on how your case should be treated and eventually adjudicated,” Goodlatte said.
“Would anyone sitting here today believe that this was an acceptable state of affairs, particularly at an agency whose motto is: fidelity, bravery, and integrity. I think not,” he said. “To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, please replace Trump’s name with your own name in a small sample of things Mr. Strzok has said.
“Envision how you would feel if you found out that the chief agent investigating you as a member of Congress was making these statements: ‘F*** Trump; Trump is a disaster; Just went to a Virginia Wal-Mart. I could smell the Trump support.’ Or perhaps most alarmingly and revealingly, ‘We’ll stop it,’ referring directly to Mr. Trump’s candidacy for president,” Goodlatte said.
Goodlatte asked Democrats to imagine that Strzok was talking about Obama or Clinton.
“In fact, for those who think we are wasting time in this committee, suppose all of this had been said about candidate Obama before he was elected or even more topical, about Hillary Clinton while she was running in the same election. Would be where we are today? The only honest answer is an absolute affirmative, yes,” Goodlatte said.
“Of course we would be here, because every single Democrat would be protesting bias and discrimination against their preferred candidates by an out of control FBI and DOJ. So please stop saying this doesn’t matter and is only the product of conspiracy theory. Instead, the American people hope you will understand that this investigation goes to the very heart of our system of justice, one that is supposed to be fair and treat everyone equally under the law,” he said.
Goodlatte said the Democrats on the committee even wrote a letter to him and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) “raising numerous objections about the nature of our investigation.” He said the letter even included foreshadowing about the efforts that Democrats would take to “protect their rights.”
“Yesterday, Chairman Gowdy and I received a letter from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle raising numerous objections about the nature of our investigation. These claims are largely spurious, and I have responded publicly to them before. However, these claims are also revealing. The final line of that letter states that our Democratic colleagues will ‘undertake efforts to protect their rights,’” Goodlatte said.
“I implore my friends not to continue their efforts to undermine this investigation, and as for their rights, I submit that the rights that should concern us are the rights of the American people, namely to know the facts, to trust that their law enforcement agencies are operating fairly and justly and to feel secure in the knowledge that no one is above the law,” Goodlatte concluded.
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