Update 7/6/18 1:28 p.m. | Embattled FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok will testify before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees on Thursday, July 12, the first time he will speak in a public forum about his involvement in the 2016 investigations into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia and Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Republicans in Congress have railed against Strzok for months after an extensive series of texts from 2016 between Strzok and his mistress, DOJ lawyer Lisa Page, emerged in which the FBI agent said “we’ll stop” a Trump presidency.
Strzok was heavily involved in both the Trump campaign and Clinton email investigations.
The DOJ inspector general concluded in a report released last month that department officials committed numerous indiscretions over the course of the Trump campaign investigation in 2016.
But inspector general Michael Horowitz “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected those specific investigative decisions,” he told the House Judiciary Committee on June 19.
Strzok faced questions from the Judiciary panel behind closed doors last week. The FBI agent and his legal team are furious at Republicans on the committee for leaking the contents of his testimony to the press, saying lawmakers twisted and framed his words to make him sound guilty of wrongdoing, CNN reported Monday.
“Having sharpened their knives behind closed doors, the committee would now like to drag back Special Agent Strzok and have him testify in public — a request that we originally made and the committee denied,” said Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer. “What’s being asked of Special Agent Strzok is to participate in what anyone can recognize as a trap.”
The joint committee hearing will take place in Room 2118 of the Rayburn House Office Building at 10 a.m. on July 12.