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FBI agent defends himself from U.S. House Republicans over Trump texts

WASHINGTON - 13 July 2018: An FBI agent who criticized then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in text messages during the 2016 election campaign vigorously defended himself at a raucous hearing on Thursday, describing Republican lawmakers attacks on him as helping America s enemies.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers shouted and swapped insults in the U.S. House of Representatives hearing as agent Peter Strzok said his personal political views had never affected his official work.

In the hearing, Republicans attacked the FBI, as President Trump himself has done, at a time when Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who meets with Trump in Helsinki on Monday, has repeatedly denied U.S. intelligence agency conclusions that Moscow interfered and tried to help Trump.

The U.S. president has described Mueller s investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russia as a political witch hunt.

Strzok worked on the Russia investigation, which the FBI started and was taken over by Mueller, appointed by a top Justice Department official following Trump s dismissal in May 2017 of FBI Director James Comey.

Strzok was reassigned from that investigation. He also once worked on an FBI investigation into Trump s campaign opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, on her handling of classified information while she was Secretary of State.

He and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page were having an extramarital affair during the campaign and exchanged thousands of politically charged texts. Some criticized Trump and some criticized Clinton.

In one text, Page asked Strzok if Trump was going to be president. Strzok replied: No, he s not. We ll stop it.

Strzok said on Thursday that the we in the text referred to the American people because he bel

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