For nearly 10 hours on Thursday, the Judiciary and Oversight Committees of the United States House of Representatives questioned Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Peter Strzok. Republicans, and the Trump administration, claimed text messages critical of President Donald Trump that Strzok sent to FBI lawyer Lisa Page were proof positive of an overarching conspiracy against Trump.
But Maryland Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin refused to continue the GOP narrative, pointing out the hypocrisy of Republicans pointing fingers at private text messages from Strzok, critical of Trump, as the proof of a deep state conspiracy. He did so with a list of Republican insults hurled very publicly at the President.
Watch the video below of Raskin asking Strzok if he is also responsible for the GOP insulting Trump.
WATCH Raskin remind everyone that insults toward Donald Trump do not mean deep state conspiracy as he points out overwhelming Republican hypocrisy. These greatest hits insults are delicious. pic.twitter.com/vEwy9jqQp3
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 12, 2018
Raskin concludes saying,
My colleagues have disgraced themselves today.”
Earlier, Raskin pointed out that Strzok also had opinions about Democrats, stating,
You can still insult government officials without being thrown into jail or held in contempt of Congress, by our side of the aisle. There’s no kings here and we have freedom of speech.”
.@RepRaskin points out that Strzok also bashed Democrats and Bernie Sanders in his texts: “You can still insult government officials without being thrown into jail or held in contempt of Congress, by our side of the aisle. There’s no kings here and we have freedom of speech.” pic.twitter.com/YHb9ZKWKua
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 12, 2018
The questioning period frequently devolved into long orations by GOP committee members to plead their case against the FBI and, by extension, the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The furtherance and legitimization of a popular conspiracy theory dominated the hearing.
In the theory, Strzok’s involvement in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and early involvement in the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference, makes both completely corrupt and tainted because Strzok texted his political opinions to Page.