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

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Republicans have alleged that Strzok's personal political biases may have affected decisions he made while serving as one of the key Federal Bureau of Investigation officials running its probes into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state and Trump's alleged Russian Federation ties. A recent Justice Department inspector general report found that the actions of some agents - including the messages from Strzok and Page, who according to the report, were having an extramarital affair - damaged the FBI's credibility, but that none of the decision-making in the Clinton probe was affected by political bias.

The remark in question came as Republicans pounded Strzok's anti-Trump text messages he wrote.

"Do you need your medication?"

A congressional official in the room who was granted anonymity to discuss the proceedings, said Page refused to answer some questions. Strzok was removed from the special counsel probe after the text messages were discovered previous year, while Page had already left.

"I have the utmost respect for Congress's oversight role, but I truly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart", Strzok said.

Strzok worked on FBI investigations into both Clinton's use of an email server and potential co-ordination between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.

Giuliani, who usually delivers his messages through television interviews, was responding to Strzok's highly contentious hearing Thursday before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. Strzok, a seasoned counterintelligence agent, helped lead both investigations but has since been reassigned to human resources.

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"The most offensive thing is the degree to which the Republicans are, day in and day out, trying to undermine a legitimate investigation into Russian interference in our election", said Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee.

The texts made it crystal clear that Strzok and Page despised Donald Trump and wanted Hillary Clinton to defeat him in the 2016 presidential election.

He also accused Strzok of being a liar.

"There is significant new information she has provided, ' he told CNN, noting she was a 'very credible witness". And my presumption, based on that awful, disgusting behavior, that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States.

While some lawmakers are demanding that President Donald Trump immediately cancel his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the indictment on Friday of 12 Russian military officers for "conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", Sen.

The hearing quickly devolved into shouting matches between Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Trey Gowdy of SC, the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia threatened to initiate contempt proceedings against her. "But", he said, "the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind".

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