Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok speaks during a joint committee hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, on July 12, 2018. Strzok was dismissed from Robert Mueller's team once the text messages were uncovered by internal investigations.
Describing in vague terms the conversations at the FBI around the time the Russian Federation investigation was opened, Strzok said there was debate about protecting a source, and Page argued that because it was unlikely Trump would get elected, investigators could move slowly and not put the source at risk. But their high-level roles in two politically charged investigations have made the two FBI veterans central to GOP, and Trump, claims of bias at the highest levels of the bureau.
Strzok testified that Hillary Clinton and the Department of Justice seemingly struck a deal that blocked the Federal Bureau of Investigation from accessing her private, home-brew email server for information relevant to the Clinton Foundation. He said under oath the FBI investigative team unanimously believed Clinton shouldn't be prosecuted. The inspector general concluded in June of a year ago that "the prosecutors' decision was based on their assessment of the facts, the law, and past Department practice in cases involving these statutes".
The FBI is investigating the private server Hillary Clinton used while Secretary of State and whether Clinton or her aides broke any laws in their handling of classified information.
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Former FBI Director James Comey, who spent much of his life as a registered Republican, announced in mid-2016 that Clinton would not be charged with any crimes but denounced her actions as "extremely careless".
"My answer "No" was my personal belief that I did not think he would be", the fired agent said, adding later, "My best sense looking at this text that I didn't recall until I read it very recently, was that "we" is my belief that the American people, there is no way that they're going to elect him".
Mr. Strzok also disputed the meaning of the now-infamous text exchange where Ms. Page anxious Mr. Trump would become president and he replied "No".
But Page explained those FBI officials were not directly involved in any decision-making about the Clinton investigation and it had no effect on the overall investigation result.