“A HARD TIME WITH THE FACTS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 12, 2018) — On Thursday’s edition of “Hannity,” House Oversight & Government Reform Committee member Mark Meadows (R-NC) told Sean Hannity that some of former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok’s statements made during almost eight hours of testimony did not match “the facts” supported by “the evidence.”
Meadows suggested that Strzok could be cited for making false statements under oath and that Strzok had “a hard time with the facts.”
Strzok arrived on Capitol Hill at 10:00 a.m. to testify to the House Oversight & Government Reform and Judiciary Committees. Strzok said his appearance was voluntary, but House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte insisted Strzok was under subpoena.
Questioning began at approximately 10:20 in what quickly became a contentious back-and-forth between Republicans, Democrats and the witness. Particularly in the first session, which concluded at 1:00 p.m. EDT, many Democrats attempted to raise “points of order” while Republicans were questioning Strzok.
The hearing reconvened at approximately 2:00 p.m. and ran until 5:00, at which time another break was called. A third and final session began after 6:00 p.m. and ended two hours later with a closing statement by Goodlatte.
Throughout the day, members of Congress frequently interrupted Strzok and each other, creating a raucous atmosphere present at times.
Strzok played a major role in the Hillary Clinton private server probe as well as the Trump-Russia “collusion” investigation now overseen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Although removed from the latter by Mueller after politically-charged text messages exchanged with former FBI counsel Lisa Page were found by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Strzok insisted he did not display political bias and that Mueller did not cite him for it when dismissing him.
A revelation made by Strzok not previously made public was that, according to Strzok, it was Justice Department official Bruce Ohr who provided the now-infamous Trump-Russia “dossier” to the FBI, or at least one version of it. At the time, Ohr’s wife Nellie was working for FusionGPS, which commissioned the dossier using money from the DNC funneled to the Perkins Coie law firm, then to Fusion.
Strzok maintained throughout his testimony that any “personal political beliefs” he harbored about Trump or Clinton did not cloud his ability to perform his job as the second-in-command in the FBI’s counterintelligence division and his work on both investigations.
Strzok often interpreted comments and questions personally and remarked that any suggestion that the FBI is infused with political bias is “offensive.”
He also said that “collusion,” which Mueller’s team is allegedly exploring in regard to Trump and his campaign associates, “is not a crime.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.