Peter Strzok “Defiant” and “Smug” – Laughed Off Questions From GOP Lawmakers During Deposition Wednesday
Trump-hating FBI agent Peter Strzok was “smug” and “defiant” in his Wednesday interview with lawmakers according to Congressional sources who were present.
Strzok appeared voluntarily to Capitol Hill on Wednesday as a way to evade a subpoena and gave a closed-door deposition.
Strzok was not under oath.
Instead, he refused to answer many many questions because the FBI counsel in the room instructed Strzok to be vague, Chairman Goodlatte previously said.
Embattled FBI official Peter Strzok was “smug” and “laughed off” questions during his closed-door congressional interview this week, though also told lawmakers he regrets sending the anti-Trump texts that made him the poster child for bureau bias, congressional sources tell Fox News.
Strzok spoke behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, in his first congressional appearance following revelations of numerous anti-Trump messages he exchanged with bureau colleague Lisa Page during the 2016 campaign.
“Strzok was smug, defiant, and laughed off a lot of questions,” one congressional source told Fox News following the interview. The source also echoed earlier reports that Strzok refused to answer some questions on the advice of counsel.
Another congressional source, though, told Fox News that Strzok “said he regretted sending the texts.”
But Strzok is fighting back. And after President Trump tweeted complaints that the FBI official “refused to answer many questions,” his attorney Aitan Goelman countered that his client “abided by his legal responsibility to follow the instructions of the FBI counsel, who sought to avoid the disclosure of information related to the Russia investigation.”
“It should come as no surprise that President Trump, who appears desperate to undermine the Special Counsel’s investigation, is again viciously attacking Pete for playing by the rules,” Goelman said in a statement, noting that Strzok “wants full transparency around the examination of his work.”
Rep. Ron DeSantis, who attended Strzok’s deposition, told Sara Carter on Wednesday that “It was a waste—Strzok is full of it and he kept hiding behind [the] classified information excuse.”
Strzok also said in the interview he had no political bias and ‘his text exchanges were intimate exchanges between friends’–Rep. Meadows is not buying it!
The House Judiciary announced Peter Strzok will be publicly testifying soon.
Peter #Strzok will be interviewed first in a closed door deposition. There will be classified information to sort through before a public hearing is held. A public hearing will be held! @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/Glltm1pBkn
— House Judiciary ⚖ (@HouseJudiciary) June 26, 2018