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Goodlatte: Level of Strzok's Bias, Messages 'Stunning'

(Fox News/"America's Newsroom")

By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:29 AM

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who will preside over Wednesday's hearing with FBI agent Peter Strzok, called the bias reflected in texts he'd exchanged with his romantic partner, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, "stunning," but wouldn't reveal what his first question to Strzok would be.

"We have lots of questions," the Virginia Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." 

"Peter Strzok is at the center of a great deal of controversy with regard to the FBI, both with regard to the investigation into former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and into the so-called Trump-Russia investigation.

The "bias reflected" is "absolutely stunning," said the lawmaker, "so you can imagine we'll be asking a lot of questions about that bias and about his role in both investigations."

The hearing will be behind closed doors, and Goodlatte said that the bias, "which was clearly against Donald Trump and for Hillary Clinton is reflected in the actions that were taken by the FBI in both those investigations.

"They leaned over backwards to give her special treatment that no other criminal suspect would receive. And in the Trump case they leaned forward to launch an investigation, the roots of which we need to learn a lot more about."

However, Goodlatte demurred on a question about whether Strzok had filled out an application for a FISA warrant that was used in the surveillance of Trump aide Carter Page.

" I have to be very careful about answering questions regarding documents that are classified, so I think I'll pass on that," said Goodlatte. "Let me say he was heavily involved in that investigation."

At this point, Goodlatte added, "from what we know, he was a central figure, perhaps the central figure, in both investigations."

He noted that he's never met Strzok, but he has a long-term reputation of being a "very effective counterintelligence agent," and that was reflected in how both the Clinton and Trump cases were handled.

"How both these cases were handled caused us to have a lot of questions about the nature of his conduct in each of those investigations," said Goodlatte. "It's reflected in bias that he expressed in his private email texts."

Meanwhile, Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on the investigation was a "tremendous help to us," said Goodlatte.

"While we have been working in the same direction, the inspector general had access to a lot of documents and a lot of witnesses a lot earlier than we did, so the inspector general's report and his testimony before the Judiciary and Oversight Committees helps to fill in a lot of pieces in this very complex puzzle."

There also remains questions about why the Trump campaign would not have been notified about Russian meddling, however, said Goodlatte.

"We have a number of high-level witnesses that are becoming up here in the next several weeks," he said. "We have the FBI director and the deputy attorney general testifying in public tomorrow before the judiciary committee. So these are questions that are going to be brought to light."

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