Former Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) on Friday slammed GOP lawmakers for their behavior during a public hearing with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, saying "it was a humiliating day to be a Republican".
House Democrats accused Republicans of using Strzok to undermine special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation.
Peter Strzok, the former top FBI intelligence investigator whose text messages with his former lover FBI attorney Lisa Page rocked Washington and demonstrated the Mueller investigation of President Trump to be a complete sham, spent most of yesterday's hearing before the House Judiciary Committee arrogantly parrying questions about his bias and lack of integrity.
Strzok struck a combative tone throughout the hearing, telling congressmen, "Today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart".
"President Trump's continued refusal to condemn the Russians' attacks on our democracy, even after Special Counsel Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for interfering in the 2016 election, makes it clear that meeting with Putin would be both pointless and risky", Pelosi said.
Page's appearance comes after FBI Agent Peter Strzok testified in a tense public hearing on Thursday.
A congressional official in the room who was granted anonymity to discuss the proceedings, said Page refused to answer some questions. "In a moment we will continue with the hearing but based on your refusal to answer the question, at the conclusion of the day, we will be recessing the hearing and you will subject to recall to allow the Committee to consider a contempt citation".
Strzok denied that his political views expressed in the texts affected his professional work on Thursday, and Page also said there was "no bias" affecting her conduct, according to Jackson Lee. "At times my criticism was blunt, but despite how it has been characterized it was not limited to one person or one party".
Democrats pounced on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's indictment of a dozen Russian military officers for their efforts to interfere in the 2016 US election, with some saying Monday's Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit should be canceled.
"The suggestion that I and some dark chamber somewhere in the Federal Bureau of Investigation would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards and somehow be able to do this, is astounding to me", said Strzok.
But, he added in a raised voice and emphatic tone, "It was in no way - unequivocally - any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate". In it, Strzok describes his reluctance to work on behalf of the special counsel, and that seemed to imply he didn't think there would be substantial findings of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign team.
But Mueller removed Strzok from his team after the anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages with Page came to his attention.
Republican arguments presumed that Strzok's opinions were tantamount to corrupt behavior.
Several Democrats gasped, shouting at Gohmert, "That is outrageous!" and "Shame on you!"
The Justice Department's inspector general has criticized Strzok and Page for creating the appearance of impropriety through the texts. But the report said it found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton.