Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the transcripts of the interviews conducted between Congress and since-fired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, revealing that the Departement of Justice (DOJ) may have worked with Hillary Clinton to prevent the FBI from investigating Clinton Foundation emails from her private server.
Strzok was removed in 2017 from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team following the discovery of the messages with attorney Lisa Page.
Then-FBI official Peter Strzok testifies before House lawmakers in July.
Page and Strzok exchanged text messages in 2016 in which he said they would stop Donald Trump from being elected president, according to a Department of Justice inspector general report that was released last June.
FBI officials, including then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, debated internally how vigorously to follow up on that information given that Democrat Hillary Clinton was seen at the time as likely to defeat Trump, and an aggressive investigation had the potential of endangering the source.
During Strzok's congressional hearing, Goelman said that he would not agree to provide his client's personal communications "to the committee or anybody".
"Strzok also texted Page, "[expletive] Trump", and called him a "[expletive] idiot".
Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, made a bold vow Tuesday to show the American people the extent of corruption within the Justice Department with its handling of the investigations involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Trump. Page has since left the bureau.
Hannity asked if Collins there would be accountability for the revelations released in the transcripts. I mean, put aside who it is, put aside how we feel about it. "It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40".
In some of the messages - such as a 2016 text in which Strzok characterized the FBI's Russian Federation probe as an "insurance policy" in the event Trump won the election - Strzok said he had not meant to convey deep animus against Trump but instead to stress to Page that polls showing Trump was not likely to win "should not get in the way of us doing our job responsibly to protect the national security". "You know, that's monumental".
Page provided a similar explanation during her own closed-door interview, saying how she had urged caution in the investigation because if Trump didn't win, there was less of a national security concern. "He is making an analogy", Page said.