Watch: Guy's Reactions from Behind Strzok Absolutely Stole the Show
If you’re the kind of person who finds congressional hearings exciting already, Thursday’s Peter Strzok hearing was a little bit like throwing in a Red Bull or three with your morning chai latte and then sticking a fork in the kitchen socket.
Strzok, the FBI agent who was a central figure in multiple 2016 election-related investigations and apparently liked sending text messages to his alleged mistress within the FBI which made it clear that he lined up very much on one ideological side of the aisle, figured that three strategies were going to work for him: yelling, refusing to answer and/or relying on the Democrats to take his side and coddle him.
This went rather predictably. The meeting played out as the most contentious in recent memory (the only hearing I can recall was British MP George Galloway’s 2005 rant-fest in front of Senate Subcommittee on Investigations regarding accusations he manipulated the Iraqi oil-for-food program under Saddam Hussein) and was riveting watching, if mostly just for the rhetorical joust with someone who came with no other intent but to have an argument.
However, if it was fun watching on TV, just imagine what it would be like if you were watching it live.
For one viewer, it was a bit too much. In fact, he had to stifle laughter during Strzok’s back-and-forth with Texas Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert.
As you can see in the video above, the man first begins to lose it when the point of order is called for and all hell breaks loose. Gohmert is allowed to continue in spite of interruptions, and he used his time to take aim the insouciant smirk that Strzok had sported for the majority of the hearing.
“I’ve talked to FBI agents around the country,” Gohmert said.
“You’ve embarrassed them, you’ve embarrassed yourself, and I can’t help but wonder, when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes and lie to her about Lisa (Page)?”
That elicited a cacophony of calls of “outrage” from Democrats on the committee, and a huge effort to suppress a laugh from our friend in the back.
I suppose as hilarious as this is, there’s a reason why this is serious. Yes, Rep. Gohmert’s statement was indeed a rough one, and I suppose I’ll leave it to you to decide whether it was called for.
It came after the FBI agent who was in charge of the Hillary email investigation and had already penciled her in for the White House — with an ominous warning that the FBI could “stop” any Trump presidency — sat there with a weird smile and insisted that nobody should have had an issue with his texts and that anyone who did was just using him for cynical reasons.
Thursday’s hearing wouldn’t have turned into such a circus if Strzok had simply answered questions in a reasonable manner and not decided to yell at House Republicans because he thought they had no case.
Instead, we got … well, this. It was a dumpster fire. And, if Strzok thought he acquitted himself well, I guarantee you everyone who had the slightest distrust of him before Thursday now completely distrusts him and his motives.
It was hard not to laugh at. But the fallout is going to be a lot more serious.
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