A wounded veteran slammed a Democratic lawmaker for suggesting embattled FBI official Peter Strzok deserves a Purple Heart for enduring Republicans' "attacks" during a House hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday.

"If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would," Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said, accusing his GOP colleagues of attempting to undermine Strzok and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

"It's astonishing to me that you'd be put on trial as you have today," Cohen said.

The Purple Heart is a military honor bestowed on those who are wounded in combat or given posthumously to those killed in combat.

Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny "Joey" Jones (Ret.) -- a Purple Heart recipient who lost both of his legs and suffered other permanent injuries in an IED explosion in Afghanistan -- said Cohen's remarks were "disgraceful."


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He explained that military personnel must be injured by an enemy of the state to receive a Purple Heart.

"So what this congressman did -- and he probably doesn't even understand it -- is he equated Republicans or the actual looking for truth to an enemy attacking this man," Jones said.

He added that Strzok wasn't being "attacked," as he was merely facing accountability for his actions.

The main focus of the hearing was a series of anti-Trump texts Strzok sent to his former co-worker and lover, Lisa Page, using his FBI phone while conducting investigations into Russian election meddling and Hillary Clinton's email server.

"A man's personal life is his own doing. He made it public when he put it on a government cell phone," Jones said. "To say that that deserves a medal -- and not only a medal, but in my opinion the highest honor of a medal -- is absolutely ridiculous. And quite honestly, it's disgusting."

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