Jul 12, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Strzok says he doesn't recall writing "We'll stop" Trump text

Strzok raises his hand to take an oath

Strzok testifies. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

FBI agent Peter Strzok broke his silence on a series of controversial anti-Trump texts he sent before the 2016 election. Strzok told a House hearing Thursday that he does not recall writing a text that said "No. No he's not. We'll stop it," referring to Trump winning the presidency.

“I don’t recall writing that text … What I can tell you is that text in no way suggested that I or the FBI would take any action to influence the candidacy of candidate Trump.”
— Peter Strzok

Why it matters: Republicans have been waiting for the chance to grill Strzok about their suspicions that he was biased against Trump. The testimony quickly devolved into a yelling match, with House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte threatening to hold Strzok in contempt after he refused to answer Republicans' questions about the FBI's investigation of Russian election meddling, citing the fact that it is ongoing.

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