Democrat Congressman Said Anti-Trump Agent Peter Strzok Deserved A Purple Heart, Actual Recipient Responds

FBI agent Peter Strzok was on the hot seat Thursday when he appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and had to testify about whether personal views and anti-Trump bias affected his work in a professional capacity.

Strzok said he did not exhibit bias, congressional Republicans thought otherwise.

Chairman Trey Gowdy and other members grilled Strzok over what they said was obvious bias in texts messages he exchanged with another FBI official.

Here’s Gowdy for example:

Strzok defended himself and said no one in the FBI is allowing bias or their personal views to cross over into their professional work. “I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, at no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took,” Strzok said.

The back-and-forth continued, a shouting match broke out and tempers flared on more than one occasion. Per Fox News:

The initial contempt threat surfaced after House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., questioned “how many witnesses” Strzok interviewed before an August 2016 text from Strzok to Page stating “we’ll stop” then-candidate Trump from becoming president.

Strzok said he was not able to answer the question based on instructions from FBI counsel. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., rejected Strzok’s claim.

“Mr. Strzok, you are under subpoena and required to answer the question,” Goodlatte said.

This touched off a heated dispute. Judiciary Ranking Member Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., blasted Goodlatte for putting Strzok in an “impossible position,” while Strzok claimed he was there voluntarily. Goodlatte said Strzok could only consult with his own attorney, not the FBI’s. Several other committee members chimed in, blasting top Republicans on the committee, with Nadler even motioning to adjourn the hearing all together.

In a follow-up interview with Fox News, Gowdy again laid into Strzok for his bias.

“He’s the only person in America who doesn’t think he was biased,” Gowdy said. “He’s the only person in America that does not understand how incredibly detrimental those texts are to any kind of serious investigation.”

Democrats on the committee were much more sympathetic to Strzok and one of them even suggested he should be honored amid the controversy.

Democrat Congressman Steve Cohen told Strzok that he would give him a Purple Heart for testifying before the public hearing where emotions ran wild.

“Mr. Strzok, I don’t know where to start,” Cohen said, as Fox News also reports. “If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would. You deserve one.”

Here’s more from the report:

Cohen went on to describe the hearing as “an attack on you and a way to attack [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller and the investigation that is to get at Russian collusion involved in our elections, which is what this committee should be looking at.”

Strzok, who was an Army officer before joining the FBI, repeatedly denied acting on his anti-Trump views while he worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and while he worked on the Mueller probe. Strzok was pulled off the Mueller investigation last year after the Justice Department’s internal watchdog made the special prosecutor aware of the texts.

The Purple Heart typically is awarded to members of the U.S. military who are wounded or killed by enemies in war.

Fox & Friends brought on an actual Purple Heart recipient on their morning show to ask him about the comment. Check it out:

Some people online echoed his sentiments:

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