WATCH: Dems Applaud FBI Agent They're Supposed to Be Questioning About Bias

July 12, 2018Jul 12, 2018

The House Judiciary Committee grilled FBI agent Peter Strzok on Thursday over alleged bias shown in a number of anti-Trump text messages to fellow FBI employee Lisa Page.

Well, Republicans did anyway.

Democrats spent most of their time defending Strzok, a witness that they were supposed to be questioning to determine whether misconduct took place.

At one point, several Democrats even gave the witness a round of applause when he attacked Republicans for pressing him.

“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,” Strzok said.

He later claimed the idea that he acted improperly at the FBI is "deeply corrosive to what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission and deeply destructive.”

There was a smattering of applause after that line. It was clear Democrats were not interested in getting additional answers.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) had several of the most memorable exchanges with Strzok as he grilled him over the anti-Trump texts he sent to page while working on both the Russia and Hillary Clinton investigations.

At one point, Gowdy asked Strzok if he remembered how long it took for him to start talking about impeaching Trump after Bob Mueller was appointed as special counsel.

“I don't, sir,” Strzok said.

“One day,” Gowdy shot back.

The Republican ended his questioning with a bang.

“I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok. I don’t appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016,” Gowdy added.

It's not hard to see why Gowdy was once a prosecutor.

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