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What Mr. Gohmert revealed is that the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) and his investigator reported to the FBI and more specifically Peter Strzok that the metadata from Hillary Clinton's email provided to the ICIG (and the FBI) for investigation showed that over 30,000 of Clinton's emails were forwarded to the email of a known hostile foreign entity, not Russian Federation, in real time. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) asked Strzok how many times he looked "innocently into [his] wife's eyes" as he carried out an extramarital affair with Page. He was removed from the Russian Federation investigation after the discovery of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with an FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair.

"This decision is long overdue", Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte said in announcing the arrangement.

Democrats said the hearing played into the Kremlin's hands. "You deserve one", Cohen said. Outgoing Congressman Trey Gowdy brought up that text and another in which Strzok said Hillary Clinton should win "100 million to zero".

Committee members sought to question Strzok about the texts and to determine how, if at all, his anti-Trump bias impacted the investigations.

This is Strzok responding to Republican lawmakers questioning him about one of the messages.

"Under oath, as I spoke also during my interview to you a week or two ago, I have always told the truth", Strzok began.

Strzok also said in a text that there was an unspecified "insurance policy" that would keep Trump out of the White House.

"OMG, he's an idiot", Strzok read one.

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In his opening remarks, Strzok defended Mueller's work and emphasized the threat of Russian election interference, clearly referencing the president in saying, "This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax".

Goodlatte told Strzok he could answer, though Gohmert was visibly displeased. Other members of the panel are Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., who was sentenced a year ago to community service and anger-management classes for assaulting a reporter, and Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., whose infidelity as governor of SC made national headlines.

"Holy cow", Strzok wrote, "if the Federal Bureau of Investigation missed this, what else was missed?"

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., held open the possibility that the panel would still hold Strzok in contempt because he wouldn't answer questions about the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Strzok said under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he vowed "we'll stop" a Trump candidacy followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member. He said the text, written late at night and off-the-cuff, reflected his belief that the American public would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behavior" by the Republican presidential candidate. The Justice Department, in a letter to both committees over the weekend, said it had "substantially complied" with their requests for documents and information, and was working to fulfill outstanding requests.

"But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind".

FBI Director Chris Wray has said employees who were singled out for criticism by the inspector general have been referred to internal disciplinary officials.