FBI agent Peter Strzok ready to testify before Congress

Washington: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election for sending anti-Trump texts, is willing to testify before the House Judiciary Committee or any other congressional committee.

Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman, wrote in the letter that his client “has been fully cooperative with the DOJ Office of Inspector General” and “intends to voluntarily appear and testify before your committee and any other Congressional committee that invites him.”

Goelman, in an interview with the Washington Post, said Strzok “wants the chance to clear his name and tell his story. He thinks that his position, character and actions have all been misrepresented and caricatured, and he wants an opportunity to remedy that.”

According to Goelman, Strzok would be willing to testify without immunity, and that he would not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to questions.

The recent development comes after the United States Justice Department on Thursday issued a report with respect to the case of Hillary Clinton’s mail server.

The report drafted by Horowitz retrieved new text messages exchanged between agent Peter Strzok, and FBI lawyer Lisa Page who are considered to be in a relationship, according to several media reports.

The report mentioned the texts to be ‘disappointing’ and said it could lead to the questioning of the integrity of the 2016 Clinton probe.

Further, a slew of anti-Trump messages were found to be exchanged between the two via government devices. One of them was about Strzok vowing to ‘stop’ Trump from being elected just months before the presidential election.

On August 8, 2016, Page had sent a message to Strzok asking “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” and Strzok replied “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”(ANI)