Ex-GOP lawmaker: Strzok hearing 'was a humiliating day' for Republicans

Ex-GOP lawmaker: Strzok hearing 'was a humiliating day' for Republicans
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Former Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) on Friday slammed GOP lawmakers for their behavior during a public hearing with FBI agent Peter Strzok, saying "it was a humiliating day to be a Republican."

“They behaved like children,” Jolly said on MSNBC. “This was not about getting answers from Strzok."

Jolly, a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE and the GOP since leaving office in 2017, made the comments a day after the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees held a joint hearing in which Republican members grilled Strzok for about 10 hours.

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Several GOP lawmakers questioned Strzok about text messages he exchanged with now-former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that revealed their dislike of Trump during the 2016 campaign.

The hearing quickly devolved into shouting matches between Democratic and Republican lawmakers. At one point, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) asked Strzok how many times he looked "innocently into [his] wife's eyes" as he carried out an extramarital affair with Page.

“You need your medication,” Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) shouted at Gohmert after his remarks.

Strzok later replied that he has "always told the truth."

Jolly added that the behavior exhibited on Thursday "has been part of the incremental strategy of both Trump" and "those in Congress who go along with him, to undermine the integrity of the investigation." 

Strzok's hearing came about a month after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz issued a report assessing the FBI's handling of its investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Poll: Warren leads Biden in Maine by 12 points MORE's use of a private email server.

The report found no evidence of political bias by Strzok, Page or former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account after end of Trump term We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats Trump 'constantly' discusses using polygraphs to stem leaks: report MORE.