House Republicans release transcript of former FBI official Peter Strzok

House Republicans release transcript of former FBI official Peter Strzok

Peter Strzok, the former FBI agent who helped lead the investigation, told lawmakers in a closed-door interview that the FBI had received information from an "extremely sensitive source" alleging collusion between Russian Federation and members of the Trump campaign.

In the past week, Collins has released transcripts of similar interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok exchanged anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 election and investigations into his campaign.

In one text on August 8, 2016, Strzok told Page that "we'll stop" Trump from becoming president.

But Page's testimony was perhaps the most salient evidence yet that the Justice Department improperly interfered with the FBI's supposedly independent conclusions on Clinton's criminal culpability, Ratcliffe alleged.

The transcript shows Strzok was asked about decisions made during the Clinton probe, including then-FBI Director James B. Comey's efforts to draft a memo explaining his rationale for not prosecuting Clinton in advance of interviewing her. Strzok said he was aware of no similar effort to draft a memo explaining a potential decision to charge Clinton ahead of her interview.

"Transcripts of two closed-door testimonies by Lisa Page, the former assistant general counsel at the FBI, have provided new insights into the actions of the FBI, Department of Justice (DOJ), and others-including CIA Director John Brennan-regarding their investigation of Donald Trump", reports the Epoch Times.

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Page and Strzok had been engaged in an affair during the time the Mueller probe was launched.

Collins made the announcement that the transcripts would be made available because "the Amerian people deserve transparency and deserve to know what transpired at the highest echelons of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, said in a statement Thursday: "Pete welcomes the release of the transcript of his closed-door testimony, which we have been calling for since he voluntarily testified last June".

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.

Strzok also noted he was not sure how often the FBI briefed retired personnel about closed cases - as they did in the Clinton email investigation in late October 2016.

President Trump has taken notice of the discrepancy. McCabe has said he could not recall such a meeting taking place. "T$3 hey did not feel they could sustain a charge", Page said of the Justice Department.

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