Gowdy: I’d love for the Strzok transcript to be made public

Written by on March 12, 2019


House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) today released the transcript of his committee’s interview with former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok last June.

On Tuesday, Collins put out FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s transcript from her July 2018 interview.

Strzok and Page, who were romantically involved, exchanged extensive text messages during the 2016 campaign which Trump allies have used to insist the Justice Department is out to get the president. 

In the June 2018 interview, Strzok … vehemently objected to the Justice Department inspector general’s conclusion that he had prioritized the bureau’s Trump investigation, which he led, over an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, which he joined midstream. Strzok argued that he “never took resources off one and put it onto the other,” but that “a hostile foreign power . . . seeking to clandestinely influence our presidential election” was a far graver threat than the charge that Clinton was mishandling classified information.

Strzok, who played a leading role in the FBI’s concurrent probes of Trump and Clinton, made a series of anti-Trump text messages he sent to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok confirmed he was having an affair. He was removed from a senior role with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election over the substance of the texts, though he said no one ever asked him about the intent behind his messages while he was being reassigned.


Strzok also explained a text of his from May 2017 in which he said he had “unfinished business” from the Clinton investigation he hoped to settle in the Trump probe as a reference “to a much broader effort of the government of Russia to interfere with our presidential election” — because Russian operators were using the results of the Clinton investigation “in a way to disrupt our election.” Similarly, Strzok said, an August 2016 text in which Page urged him to stay in his job to “protect the country from that menace” — menace had been a reference to Russian operators, not Trump.


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