Peter Strzok, the counterintelligence agent who texted that “we’ll stop” then-candidate Donald Trump from becoming president, defended himself from allegations of bias during a closed-door interview with House investigators on Wednesday, characterizing his messages as private remarks exchanged in the course of an intimate relationship.
He told investigators from the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees that he regretted the messages, to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair.
But lawmakers in the room said he repeatedly denied showing political favoritism to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Trump, at a time when the bureau was juggling investigations related to both presidential candidates.
Beyond that spare accounting, Republicans and Democrats painted very different portraits of Strzok’s more-than-eight-hour interview, which took place behind closed doors and was still ongoing as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.
House conservatives hinted gravely that they had learned unspecified new information that is connected to the FBI’s handling of investigations during the 2016 election — but provided no evidence or specifics to substantiate their claims.