House Republican leaders threatened to hold former FBI lawyer Lisa Page in contempt of Congress unless she agrees to testify by Friday morning about her role in the bureau's probes into Hillary Clinton's emails and President Donald Trump's suspected Russian Federation ties.
Thursday, Chris Meekins, a senior HHS official, said any delay in reunifying children was necessary to ensure they weren't being handed over to human smugglers posing as parents, or parents who pose a danger.
"No interview has been done before you're talking about impeachment of the president", Gowdy said during the hearing on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, threatened Strzok with contempt, claiming he was under subpoena. "But", he said, "the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind".
House Democrats accused Republicans of using Strzok to undermine special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation.
There were frequent interruptions, but the loudest came several hours into the hearing when Democrats exploded during a tense exchange between Strzok and Rep. Louie Gohmert, Republican of Texas, who appeared to question Strzok's character.
"We don't want to read text message after text message dripping with bias against one of the two presidential candidates", Goodlatte said, adding that the congressional inquiry "goes to the very heart of our system of justice", and that Strzok and other feds had turned that "on its head".
This argument would nearly certainly fall apart before a judge, given the fact that the FBI Inspector General found no evidence that Peter Strzok's "political bias" affected the outcome of either the FBI's investigation into candidate Donald Trump or their investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton. Right?!" Strzok replied, "No.
Her appearance also comes a day after Strzok, with whom Page was romantically involved, on Thursday attempted to explain for the first time in public his infamous text message saying "we'll stop" Donald Trump from being elected president.
Strzok tried multiple times to finish another sentence - which he began by telling Gohmert that he doubts his behavior "plays well to America" - but Goodlatte ended the exchange, telling both men that their time was up.
"Mr. Chairman, I do not believe I am here under subpoena, " Strzok said.
Strzok said "based on that awful, disgusting behavior", he assumed Trump would not win the election.
Plus, he said, both the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations were handled by large teams that "would not tolerate any improper behavior in me anymore than I would tolerate it in them".
Although Strzok has said through his lawyer that he was eager to tell his side of the story, he made clear his exasperation at being the focal point of a congressional hearing at a time when Russian election interference has been successfully "sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions".
"My presumption [was] based on that frightful, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States", Strzok explained.
Russia, China and the big European powers say they still back the 2015 multinational nuclear deal with Iran, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out.
Strzok was pressed by numerous Republicans on his texts and his assertion that his political beliefs did not affect his Federal Bureau of Investigation work.
Page had no comment when approached by Fox News on the way into Friday's closed-door meeting.