"I strongly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt", he told members of the committees.
Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI counterintelligence official deeply involved in the Russian Federation investigation of Trump's campaign, insisted he was impartial despite his controversial August 2016 text exchange with ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was then having an affair. He was removed from the Russian Federation investigation after the discovery of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with an FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair.
"At no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took", Strzok continued.
"Sir, that's an expression of speech".
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.
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.
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.
"It wasn't the discovery of your texts, Mr. Strzok".
Repulican Trey Gowdy of SC said Strzok exhibited "textbook bias" and in his mind had Clinton "winning the White House" before he finished her investigation.
Strzok replied, "No, Mr. Gowdy, it wasn't". I do not have bias.
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.
"Well, hang on a second, Agent Strzok!" Gowdy interjected. "Hang on a second".
"President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him", Giuliani said.
"And potential criminal liability - do you understand that?"
Democrats, however, agreed with the sentiment expressed by their colleague, California congressman Ted Lieu: "Let me start by saying, this is a stupid and ridiculous hearing". "If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would". Strzok's lawyer has said he was escorted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation building as the disciplinary process winds its way through the system.
"I've talked to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents around the country".
New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he thought it was against House rules to impugn the character of a witness.