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House Republicans release transcript of former FBI official Peter Strzok

15 March 2019

Strzok insisted that he did not have an "insurance policy" to keep Trump from getting elected and noted how neither he nor anyone else at the FBI leaked details of the Trump campaign investigation even though such a disclosure would have been harmful to his election efforts.

Mr. Strzok was for a time the lead agent in an investigation into President Trump in the early stages during the 2016 campaign, and would go on to work for special counsel Robert Mueller before being ousted from that team after anti-Trump text screeds to affair partner Lisa Page were uncovered.

Mr. Strzok also disputed the meaning of the now-infamous text exchange where Ms. Page anxious Mr. Trump would become president and he replied "No". Page wrote to Strzok on August 8, 2016.

Describing in vague terms the conversations at the FBI around the time the Russian Federation investigation was opened, Strzok said there was debate about protecting a source, and Page argued that because it was unlikely Trump would get elected, investigators could move slowly and not put the source at risk.

Former FBI official Peter Strzok told Congress in 2018 that he deleted "personal" communications he had with his mistress, former FBI attorney Lisa Page.

Hillary Clinton was not a target, witness, subject or suspect during the investigation into her storage and sending of classified emails on her home server, fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok told Congress a year ago, according to transcripts released Thursday.

But Page's testimony was perhaps the most salient evidence yet that the Justice Department improperly interfered with the FBI's supposedly independent conclusions on Clinton's criminal culpability, Ratcliffe alleged.

Collins made the announcement that the transcripts would be made available because "the Amerian people deserve transparency and deserve to know what transpired at the highest echelons of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Asked in general terms whether he had "ever been part of the FBI's efforts to infiltrate a US political campaign" or "been part of an effort to put a spy in a USA political campaign", Strzok said no.

Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, said in a statement Thursday: "Pete welcomes the release of the transcript of his closed-door testimony, which we have been calling for since he voluntarily testified last June".

The Strzok-Page texts were discovered during an investigation of the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation. The Department of Justice under President Trump has reportedly launched an investigation into whether the foundation acted as a "pay-to-play" scheme.

House Republicans release transcript of former FBI official Peter Strzok