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FBI agent testifies in fiery House hearing

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WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)- Partisan fireworks exploded as lawmakers questioned FBI agent Peter Strzok about his anti-Trump text messages and the ongoing Russia investigation Thursday.

The House Judiciary Committee led by Republican Rep. Goodlatte of Virginia demanded answers.

“Do you recognize how your vitriol against President Trump make it appear you could never approach the case in a fair-minded manner?” Goodlatte asked.

Strzok, a 22 year veteran, calls his personal opinions blunt but maintained they are separate from his job and official capacity.

“This is true in the Clinton email investigation, the investigation into Russia interference and any other investigation,” he said.

Republicans say Strzok’s text messages show bias by law enforcement and question whether agents investigating interference in the 2016 election can be fair.

But Democrats defended the FBI and Strzok.

Congressman Jerry Nadler called the hearing a Republican effort to undermine the special counsel’s investigation.

 “I think all of these inquiries about your political opinions revealed by these text messages are irrelevant and wrong,” Nadler said.

Strzok assured Congress the Russian investigation is based on facts not partisanship. 

“This investigation is not politically motivated. It is not a witch hunt; it is not a hoax,” he said.

Judiciary Committee members say they’ll continue their investigation into the FBI’s actions

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