Should Page agree to testify on Thursday, she would be doing so alongside Peter Strzok, the former top Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence official with whom she exchanged a series of anti-Trump texts that brought her to the GOP's attention. He illustrated the GOP fruitlessness with one "standout moment" in which Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) "made [President] Trump's case that the probe is a "witch hunt" by attacking Strzok as a philanderer, not a trace of irony on his face".
"That last exchange. may have clouded over a very important story", Gohmert said.
He said that Rucker's "forensic examination" showed "embedded information" that a "foreign entity that was not Russian Federation was getting every single one of her 30,000 emails". They stuck with him still when he acknowledged paying hush money to a porn actress who alleged an affair.
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For many viewers watching from home, either viewpoint was overshadowed by the stunning display of congressional dysfunction as the hearing descended into shouting matches between lawmakers and between Republicans and the witness.
Strzok tried multiple times to finish another sentence - which he began by telling Gohmert that he doubts his behavior "plays well to America" - but Goodlatte ended the exchange, telling both men that their time was up.
After more than 20 minutes of maneuvering and posturing following the subpoena discussion, Gowdy ended his interrogation of Strzok and Strzok was given the floor to respond. The true test of Strzok's biases and intentions can be found in his malicious text messages.
"My presumption [was] based on that terrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States", Strzok explained. "You've embarrassed them, you've embarrassed yourself, and I can't help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk - how many times did you look so innocently into your wife's eye and lie to her about Lisa Page?" "Are you kidding?" Gowdy said when Strzok said his texts about impeachment weren't predetermining an outcome in the Russian Federation investigation.
When Strzok declined to answer some questions on the Russian Federation probe, Goodlatte suggested Republicans might recess the hearing and hold him in contempt. Democrats objected and Goodlatte eventually let the hearing proceed. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the oversight panel, had aides hold up posters of everyone who has pleaded guilty in the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Trump - who mocks Page and Strzok as the "FBI lovers" - blasted Page's decision not to appear Thursday in a tweet, lamenting the "corruption on the other side" and again calling out Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do something about it. Attorneys who try cases for a living as I do would view Strzok's texts and testimony as a gold mine and a mother lode of cross-examination material. New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said, "You need your medication!" "Because it's not about you". "If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would. Paris Nice, Brussels, Berlin, cities in American have all suffered terror attacks so it's for President Trump to explain why he singled me as the mayor of London out", he said.