The stepped-up criticism comes after the department's internal watchdog released a report last week that criticized the FBI's handling of the 2016 probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails, but said political bias didn't affect the outcome of the investigation that eventually cleared her.
In his statement, Goelman did not clarify when Strzok who removed his client from the building and when he made the exit. The inspector general's findings were forwarded to the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility to determine whether Strzok and other employees should face discipline.
Mr. Horowitz said there was no evidence political bias motivated decisions in the Clinton investigation, but Mr. Strzok's actions "cast a cloud" over the entire probe.
The FBI agent caught sending anti-Trump text messages to his lover has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and any other congressional committee that wants him to speak up, according to his lawyer.
The report faulted former FBI Director James Comey for announcing shortly before the 2016 USA presidential election that he was reopening the Clinton investigation after new emails were discovered on the computer of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
The report blasted FBI actions during the 2016 investigation into whether Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, had mishandled classified information on her private email server when she was secretary of state.
This could lead to dramatic hearings, as Strzok could expose more information about those probes, and is central to President Trump's effort to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
The longtime Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who told his colleague and lover "we'll stop" Donald Trump from becoming president was escorted from Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Washington on Tuesday, his lawyer confirmed. We'll stop it, " Strzok responded. In late September, agents in the FBI's New York Field Office had discovered emails potentially relevant to the case on a laptop of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner (D), but the agents investigating Clinton did not seek a search warrant to access the messages until late the next month.
Mueller removed Strzok from the Russian Federation probe shortly after discovering his politically charged anti-Trump text messages. Thousands of text messages sent between Page and Strzok were obtained by the DOJ inspector general and handed over to Congress.
When pressed on if Comey was expecting a Clinton win in 2016 and was thinking about his future in drafting his final assessment of the investigation, Horowitz told lawmakers "that was a concern we had".
"We have all seen the pictures of immigrant children ripped apart from their parents at the border", said Nadler, who visited an immigrant detention facility Sunday with a handful of fellow Democrats.