FBI agent Peter Strzok’s House of Representatives hearing barely got a chance to get underway when the first congressman to interview him began interrupting him — and soon, his testimony was completely derailed.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) took his time asking Strzok first to clarify comments he made in the weeks prior to the formal opening of the Russian electoral interference investigation before asking the agent to tell him how many people he interviewed during the first week of the investigation. He went on so long that the Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the congressman presiding over the hearing, had to tell him to stop and concede the mic to Strzok.
Strzok, per the FBI’s lawyers, told Gowdy that he’s been instructed not to answer questions about the ongoing investigation, and when Goodlatte told him he is required to while under subpoena, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) repeatedly objected. The Virginia Republican went back-and-forth with Nadler over whether he was even allowed to object before allowing him to speak — only to shoot down his objection.
“This demand puts Mr. Strzok in an impossible position,” the New York Democrat said. “He is still an employee of the FBI and FBI counsel instructed him to answer the question. If we have a problem, take it up with the FBI, don’t badger Mr. Strzok.”
“The gentleman’s point of order is not well taken,” Goodlatte responded, dismissing Nadler’s objection.
“It is right on point,” Nadler shot back.
Strzok attempted to explain yet again that he cannot respond to question about the ongoing investigation into Russia’s election-meddling — only for Goodlatte to claim he didn’t give a proper legal reason for his refusal to answer in another attempt to force a number out of him.
Nadler continued to object, causing the presiding congressman to overrule him. From there, it descended into chaos.
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