Democratic congressman regrets saying Strzok deserves Purple Heart

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Republican Rep. Darrell Issa made Strzok read some of his texts aloud, including some with profane language.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page was praised by congressional investigators as largely cooperative on Friday, answering questions mostly about her 2016 text-message exchanges with FBI Agent Peter Strzok that were critical of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

"That gag order was obviously bogus from the start", she said.

And it wasn't when Rep. Gohmert asked the smirking Strzok whether he was lying under oath the same way he lied to his wife while he carried on an affair with now-former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page.

"The credibility of a witness is always an issue", Gohmert said after others in the room exclaimed in shock over the comments.

Today Lisa Page will be questioned by members of Congress in a closed-door session, having had the benefit of watching Strzok's testimony on Thursday. "We did not see the smug attitude that we saw from Strozk".

The lengthy hearing quickly descended into a partisan shouting match, as Republicans and Democrats interrupted each other's questions, heckling or applauding Strzok.

"She's an irrelevant actor in a sideshow", Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, said of Page.

Plus, he said in an animated riff that drew Democratic applause, both the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations were handled by large teams that "would not tolerate any improper behaviour in me any more than I would tolerate it in them".

Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, reacted to Meadows' statement by saying on Twitter that he "could not agree more".

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Schnatter remains on the board and is still the company's largest shareholder with almost 30 per cent of the stock. John Schnatter , who stepped down as CEO previous year , recently resigned as chairman of the board.

Republican members of the committee were expected to grill Strzok for hours as they argue that the text messages with Lisa Page coloured the outcome of the Clinton email investigation and undercut the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.

She is scheduled to return for additional questioning Monday.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) on Saturday blasted embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok following Strzok's hearing Thursday before the House.

During the tense hearing, the Tennessee Democrat told Strzok, "If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would".

Strzok acknowledged meeting with Rucker, but said he did not recall the "specific content".

Strzok insisted under aggressive questioning that a much-discussed August 2016 text in which he said "we'll stop" a Trump presidency followed Trump's denigration of the family of a dead USA service member.

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.

But Mueller removed Strzok from his team after the anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages with Page came to his attention.

In the end, the hearing did more to harm Congress and the Federal Bureau of Investigation than it did to expose wrongdoing.

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