FBI official Peter Strzok on Thursday attempted to explain for the first time in public his infamous text message saying “we’ll stop” Donald Trump from being elected president, admitting he was upset at the time over Trump’s “horrible, disgusting behavior.”
But under questioning from House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Strzok claimed he doesn’t remember actually composing the message.
“I don’t recall writing that text,” Strzok said during Thursday’s open hearing with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. “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.”
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“That is a fantastic answer to a question nobody asked,” Gowdy said.
Still, Strzok tried to provide context to the text.
“As I’ve stated, that text was written late at night, in shorthand,” he said.
Gowdy shot back: “I don’t care when it was written. I don’t care whether it was long hand, cursive. I don’t care about any of that. I want to know what it meant, Agent Strzok.”