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JULY 1, 2018

     Strzok should be indicted, very soon. Embattled FBI official Peter Strzok was “smug” and “laughed off” questions during his closed-door congressional interview this week, though also told lawmakers he regrets sending the anti-Trump texts that made him the poster child for bureau bias. Strzok spoke behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, in his first congressional appearance following revelations of numerous anti-Trump messages he exchanged with bureau colleague Lisa Page during the 2016 campaign.

     The latter revelation may come as no surprise. The discovery of those texts got him booted from the special counsel Russia probe. A recent inspector general report chastised him and other officials for anti-Trump messages. And last week, Strzok was escorted from his FBI office and lost his security clearance.
But Strzok is fighting back. And after President Trump tweeted complaints that the FBI official "refused to answer many questions," his attorney Aitan Goelman countered that his client “abided by his legal responsibility to follow the instructions of the FBI counsel, who sought to avoid the disclosure of information related to the Russia investigation.”

     A House Judiciary Committee aide told Fox News that the committee intends to hold a public hearing with Strzok "soon," but did not comment on whether they will release the transcript from the interview. Scrutiny of Strzok's role has intensified ever since the release of the Justice Department inspector general report, which revealed a text where Strzok vowed to “stop” Trump from becoming president.
 
 
 
 
 

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