Trump demands open-door hearing for FBI agent who pledged to 'stop' him

Trump demands open-door hearing for FBI agent who pledged to 'stop' him
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE on Monday called for FBI agent Peter Strzok's testimony to take place in an open hearing after an inspector general report found he and a fellow bureau official texted that they needed to "stop" Trump from getting elected.

The president's tweet was sent as he was en route to a rally in West Columbia, S.C., to support Gov. Henry McMaster (R).

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Trump's calls for transparency echoed his previous comments about the Justice Department's (DOJ) ongoing probe into Russian influence in the 2016 election. Trump has decried that investigation as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt," even as four of his former associates have been implicated in the probe.

Strzok is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning after being subpoenaed. He had previously volunteered to do so.

Trump and conservative lawmakers have zeroed in on Strzok in recent months as a target of their claims that the FBI and DOJ are biased against the president.

The claims started in earnest after it was discovered that he had exchanged private text messages with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that disparaged Trump and other political figures. Strzok and Page were having an affair at the time.

The Justice Department's inspector general released a report earlier this month on the handling of the probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE's email server. The report made public previously undisclosed texts where Strzok told Page they would "stop" Trump from becoming president.

The report found that political bias did not influence the Clinton investigation and also that Strzok did not actually use his office to work against Trump. But the report found that those actions cast a cloud over the department and was deeply critical of FBI and DOJ leadership.

Strzok worked briefly on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's team investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but was removed during the summer of 2017.