Hearing a 'victory notch in Putin's belt': Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in Russian Federation probe

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok testifies before the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing

On Thursday night, Stephen Colbert had some fun at the expense of congressional lawmakers over the marathon hearing of FBI Agent Peter Strzok. The talk show host let highlights of the Capitol Hill testimony provide the jokes for him.

Strzok helped lead two of the FBI's most high-profile investigations: inquiries into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Page served as the deputy counsel to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and worked briefly for the Mueller team, but was taken off the special counsel's staff when the text messages were discovered.

On Thursday, Strzok had his day in the hot seat before the House judiciary and oversight committees ― whom Kimmel called "bozos in the House" and a "collection of clowns". Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, got personal, calling out his relationship with Page, which was noted in the inspector general report.

Gohmert said he was incensed at Strzok and thought he was knowingly lying to lawmakers, which in turn steered his questioning of Strzok toward his personal life.

Watch "Republicans Lose Their Minds", as "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" titled the segment, above.

But the hearing was the American public's first flesh and blood view of Strzok, this key figure in the FBI's Hillary Clinton email and Russian Federation investigations - and it wasn't pretty.

The hearing dissolved into chaos after Gohmert asked, "How many times did you look so innocently into your wife's eye and lie to her about Lisa Page?". Strzok said he was not alone in holding political opinions, noting that colleagues in 2016 supported both Clinton and Trump but did not reflect those views on the job.

"They're treating us with much more respect right now than they did in the past", Trump told reporters after a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels.

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Republicans have cited Page's and Strzok's messages as evidence about what they call bias inside federal law enforcement and that conspirators launched the Russian Federation investigation out of partisan animus.

"I know they're having a lot of problems and their economy is collapsing".

Gowdy seized on one message that has received particular attention from right-wing media outlets, an August 8, 2016, text in which Strzok, discussing with Page the prospect of a Trump win, says, "No".

The top query, he said, is whether her political bias bled into her work.

Strzok testified Thursday that his texts "have created confusion and caused pain for people I love" and "have provided ammunition for misguided attacks against the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an institution I love deeply and have served proudly for more than 20 years".

Strzok called it "horrible and disgusting behaviour", and said he was stating his opinion the electorate would "stop" a candidate like that.

The Strzok-Page saga has also attracted the personal attention of the president, who has frequently commented on the ongoing scandal as evidence of a "witch hunt" against him.

"I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there", Strzok said in the text.

Republicans, on the other hand, peppered Strzok with questions and expressed outrage that's been building for months.

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