Watch: Peter Strzok Schools Trey Gowdy On How Real Investigations Are Done During Heated Argument
On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Republicans held a hearing for FBI agent Peter Strzok. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) seemed to be quite ticked off by Strzok’s responses after waiting a long time for the hearing to happen.
Gowdy had asked Strzok if he could provide an answer about witness interviews conducted in the Russia investigation between the days of July 31 and August 6, 2016.
Strzok simply responded by saying he was unsure how many interviews had occurred during that time period. And answer that Gowdy was unhappy with.
“We waited all that time for that answer?” the South Carolina Republican asked.
Gowdy then asked Strzok about the number of interviews he conducted between May 17 and May 22 in 2018 — only to ask again for the previous year
“You just went back a year from 2018 to 2017,” Strzok replied, “and I don’t know.”
Gowdy then explained why the dates are important to him.
“You used the word ‘impeachment’ on May the 18th, 2017, and you used the word ‘impeachment’ on May the 22nd, 2017, and your testimony is you can’t recall a single interview you would have done that was supposed to lead to impeachment,” the congressman said. “When you are prejudging not just a result but a punishment which is what impeachment is, prejudging the conviction and the sentencing when you have not conducted a single solitary interview, I’m sorry, Agent Strzok, but that is letting your bias impact your professional judgment.”
“Sir, look, I never prejudged anything,” Strzok fired back. “Not in this case, not in any others.”
“At the time, I was a deputy assistant director,” the agent replied. “I had section chiefs, supervisors, agents, people who do interviews — not me. If something is notable or high level, I might be involved, but it would be rare if not never that I would typically get out there and conduct interviews.”
“You mentioned the use of the word ‘impeachment,’” Strzok continued. “That was used in the context of my not knowing what this would lead to. I was not prejudging impeachment when I used that term it was saying it might be nothing, it might lead all the way to —.”
Gowdy seemed to get impatient.
“Oh, Mr. Strzok, please!” Gowdy yelled, but the committee’s chairman overruled him.
Take a look at the heated interview in the video clip below: