The cameras were on, and the theatrics were high.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers openly yelled at one another as the chair of the House's judiciary committee, Republican Robert Goodlatte of Virginia said Peter Strzok needed to answer questions and suggested they might recess the hearing and hold him in contempt.
Strzok has met with members of the House Judiciary Committee privately, but his hearing scheduled for Thursday is open.
Representative Louie Gohmert went so far as to call out Strzok over his affair with Page, while other House Republicans, including Trey Gowdy, Jim Jordan and Bob Goodlatte, chastised him over what they believed was bias toward Trump during the investigations of Hillary Clinton's private email server and the Trump campaign's alleged contacts with Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.
Page, who worked for Andrew McCabe when he was Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director and briefly served on special counsel Robert Mueller III's team, "was part of the mess that we've uncovered over at DOJ", Ryan said.
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"It felt like a public lynching", Dana Perino, a Fox News Host and a former White House press secretary under President George W Bush, said of the Republicans' interrogation of Strzok. The 2008 Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly challenged Mueller's appointment and claimed no collusion took place between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, while personally attacking Mueller and any findings of his probe.
Trump, who divorced his first wife to marry the woman with whom he was having an affair, is involved in a lawsuit with an adult-film star with whom he also reportedly had an affair around the time his third wife gave birth to his youngest child. They are safely walled off from any individual's personal political views, he said. One lawmaker said he was lying and another said he didn't believe him.
One member of the circus included Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), a man Kimmel deemed a "buckethead".
"I can't help but wonder, when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eye and lie to her about Lisa Page!".
Strzok repeatedly insisted the texts, including ones in which he called Trump a "disaster" and said "We'll stop" a Trump candidacy, did not reflect political bias and had not infected his work.
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Court documents reveal Strzok sometimes sent over 100 personal texts a day to Page, many of which expressed bias against President Trump.
"To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, please replace President Trump's name with your own name in a small sample of things Mr. Strzok has said", he said. "No he won't. We'll stop it". He said the text, written late at night and off-the-cuff, reflected his belief that the American public would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behavior" by the Republican presidential candidate.
Page served as the deputy counsel to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and worked briefly for the Mueller team, but was taken off the special counsel's staff when the text messages were discovered. But I will tell you this: at a certain point they're going to call me they're going to say "Let's make a deal".
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa made Strzok read some of his texts aloud, including some with profane language.
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