This argument would nearly certainly fall apart before a judge, given the fact that the FBI Inspector General found no evidence that Peter Strzok's "political bias" affected the outcome of either the FBI's investigation into candidate Donald Trump or their investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton.
Controversial FBI agent Peter Strzok said on Thursday that he had damaging information on US President Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential election that may have derailed his campaign.
The 2008 Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly challenged Mueller's appointment and claimed no collusion took place between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, while personally attacking Mueller and any findings of his probe.
"I can't help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page?".
That compelled one colleague, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), to yell out, "Do you need your medication?"
Strzok responded to Gohmert's questioning and attacks by saying he "always told the truth".
"Under oath, as I spoke also during my interview to you a week or two ago, I have always told the truth", Strzok began.
The partisan fighting began from the very first question of the day, which prompted Goodlatte to threaten holding Strzok in contempt amid Democratic protests over whether Strzok could answer questions about the Russian Federation investigation. Meanwhile, Republicans held him up as a symbol of an agency overrun by anti-Trump bias. Strzok says he never allowed personal opinions to taint his work.
In one exchange, Ms. Page, who also worked on both investigations, said to Mr. Strzok that Trump is "not ever going to become president, right?" "What does Trump support smell like Mister Strzok?" He said the text, written late at night and off-the-cuff, reflected his belief that Americans would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behaviour" by the presidential candidate. Throughout the hearing, Strzok denied that any of his animus toward Trump affected his work, and said lawmakers were taking his words out of context.
"It was in no way, unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate", Strzok added.
"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.
Mr Strzok's case has been used by the president and many Republicans to discredit Mueller's investigation on alleged ties between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin.
"I don't give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok", Gowdy responded.
"It proves that really that there are two rotten bookends on the Russian Federation investigation", Matt Gaetz, a Republican congressman from Florida and one of the president's strongest defenders in Congress, said on Fox.
"Now call upon the majority to release that transcript in full today", Nadler said.
Page had no comment when approached by Fox News on the way into Friday's closed-door meeting.
"Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!"
Last month, Rosenstein defended the pace of the document production in the joint hearing. So much corruption on the other side.