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. Right?!" Strzok replied, "No.
Trump and his allies have suggested the texts are proof of a so-called deep state conspiracy against him, and that the Mueller probe is a politically motivated "witch hunt".
Strzok also said he was one of the few people during the 2016 USA 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. "All the results of the investigation are "fruit of the poison tree" and should be dismissed", Giuliani tweeted, his first message on the social media platform since December 2016.
On Thursday, Strzok said the message was written late at night after Trump's campaign comments disparaging a slain USA soldier.
He said in his opening statement that his work has never been tainted by politics and the intense scrutiny he faces represents "just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's belt".
The ICIG has not publicly disclosed the findings Gohmert described in the meeting between Rucker and Strzok, but the congressman said the watchdog can document them.
In breaking his silence, Strzok came face-to-face with Republicans who argued that the texts had tainted two hugely consequential Federal Bureau of Investigation probes he had helped steer: inquiries into Hillary Clinton's email use and possible co-ordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
"Agent Strzok had Hillary Clinton winning the White House before he finished investigating her", said Rep. Trey Gowdy, Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
And yet some analysts couldn't help but notice a hint of irony in Republicans' argument that Strzok's personal views must have influenced his official duty, while they simultaneously conduct investigations into politicians they openly support or oppose. That text was at the forefront of the hours long back-and-forth with Republican lawmakers Thursday.
As soon as the questions got underway, the hearing devolved into a partisan verbal brawl as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte struggled to maintain control of the crowded hearing room, which contained more than 70 members between the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.
"The fact you would accuse me otherwise, the fact you would question whether or not that was the sort of look I would engage in with a family member who I have acknowledged hurting, goes more to a discussion about your character and what you stand for and what's going inside you", he said, before being interrupted. She is also expected to testify at a pubic hearing in the near future. "In a moment we will continue with the hearing but based on your refusal to answer the question, at the conclusion of the day, we will be recessing the hearing and you will subject to recall to allow the Committee to consider a contempt citation".
To which Texas representative Ted Poe responded: 'And I don't believe you'.