Wild scenes at Russia-probe hearing as Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Republicans clash

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Page worked on the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, and her anti-Trump text messages with Peter Strzok fueled several investigations into whether the DOJ and FBI showed bias during the Russian Federation probe and the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.

Conservatives proceeded to cast one of those text messages as the smoking gun in its case against Strzok in particular, and the FBI investigation into Trump, in general: In response to a message from Page expressing horror at the thought of Trump's election, Strzok replied, "We'll stop it".

"The moment special counsel Bob Mueller found out about Peter Strzok's text and emails he kicked him off of the investigation", said House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican. Finally, after months of waiting, Strzok got his chance to address that matter - and delivered a scorching monologue fit for the climax of an Aaron Sorkin script.

Strzok testified Thursday that his texts "have created confusion and caused pain for people I love" and "have provided ammunition for misguided attacks against the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an institution I love deeply and have served proudly for more than 20 years".

Strzok said "based on that frightful, disgusting behavior", he assumed Trump would not win the election.

Although Strzok has said through his lawyer that he was eager to tell his side of the story, he made clear his exasperation at being the focal point of a congressional hearing at a time when Russian election interference has been successfully "sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions". Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-New Jersey, said, "I have never seen my colleagues so out of control, so angry".

Embattled ex-FBI attorney Lisa Page answered no questions as she arrived at a closed-door meeting Friday with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees. Strzok further went on to emphasize that no text he sent would ever influence his conduct in an investigation against the president, and that Republican attempts to undermine the FBI were a "victory notch in Putin's belt".

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Trump, who divorced his first wife to marry the woman with whom he was having an affair, is involved in a lawsuit with an adult-film star with whom he also reportedly had an affair around the time his third wife gave birth to his youngest child.

The comments sparked immediate objections from Democrats, who called them outrageous, and Strzok was livid.

"Mr. Gowdy, my understanding of why I was kicked off was that based on an understanding of those texts, and the perception that they might create-" Strzok said.

Despite his questioning of Strzok, whatever views Gohmert had about the sanctity of marriage became moot to many Americans when he endorsed a president who, before entering the White House, had done more interviews bragging about his sexual conquests than his deeply held religious convictions.

Gohmert was shouted at when the exchange with Strzok got personal.

Last month, Rosenstein defended the pace of the document production in the joint hearing.

Russia, China and the big European powers say they still back the 2015 multinational nuclear deal with Iran, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out.

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