Which were more important – a handful of messages between a couple of FBI people or Russia attacking the United States’ 2016 presidential election, continuing its attack for the 2018 midterm elections, and trying to destabilize our democracy? The Republican-dominated hearing grilled senior FBI professional, Peter Strzok. Then, Strzok pounded Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) for his misdirection away from what is most important to U.S. citizens.
Gowdy should not have asked Strzok why Donald Trump was completely ill-equipped to be president. The two-decade FBI professional burned up the airwaves with his answer
For 10 minutes, the Republican badgered Strzok, claiming that he was biased against Trump. Never mind that the texts also proved that Strzok was an equal opportunity politician basher.
At that point, Strzok hit back fairly according to C-Span via YouTube:
‘I think it’s important when you look at those texts that you understand the context in which they were made and the things that were going on across America.
‘In terms of the texts that we will stop it. You need to understand that that was written late at night, off the cuff, and it was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero and my presumption, based on that horrible, disgusting behavior, that the American population would not elect someone demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States.’
He continued, saying:
‘It was in no way unequivocally any suggestion that me, the FBI, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate. So I take great offense and I take great disagreement to your assertion of what that was or wasn’t.’
Strzok then said his texts were not “some contract for a car”:
‘I acknowledge that is absolutely their right, that is what makes our democracy such a vibrant process that it is. But to suggest somehow we can parse down the words of shorthand, text actual conversations like they’re some contract for a car is simply not consistent with my or most people’s use of text messaging. I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, at no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took.’
Then, the FBI employee pointed out all the bureaucratic layers of oversight that buffered him from interfering in the election, and he never wanted to do so:
‘At every step, at every investigative decision, there are multiple layers of people above me, the assistant director, executive assistant director, deputy director and director of the FBI, multiple layers of people below me, section chief, supervisors, unit chiefs, case agents and analysts, all of whom were involved in all of these decisions.’
‘They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me any more than I would tolerate it in them. That’s who we are as the FBI. The suggestion that I and some dark chamber in the FBI would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safety safeguards and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me. It couldn’t happen. The proposition that is going on, it might occur anywhere in the FBI, deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission and it is deeply destructive.’
Gowdy’s ears were singed after Strzok finished.
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