Faulkner Presses House Dem: How Can Strzok Prove He Wasn't Acting on Anti-Trump Bias?
On "Outnumbered Overtime" on Thursday, Harris Faulkner pressed Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) on embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok's claim that his professional actions were not affected by political bias.
Strzok testified before two congressional committees on Thursday, arguing that his political opinions -- including anti-Trump texts exchanged in 2016 -- were rooted in "deep patriotism," as GOP lawmakers blasted him for "textbook bias."
Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe earlier this year after the texts were revealed. He had also been a part of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Strzok, throughout the hearing, remained defiant and maintained that he did not show bias in the infamous messages he exchanged with his lover, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
Krishnamoorthi said the issue is if the emotions expressed in Strzok's texts actually ended up affecting his actions at the bureau.
"What is the burden of proof on that?" Faulkner asked. "How can he prove that he acted in a way that really does reflect and honor the trust that the American people need to have in him as an important person in that agency at one point?"
Krishnamoorthi noted that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found no evidence that the Clinton email probe was affected by bias.
He added that even if Strzok had been inclined to make a biased decision, there were dozens of others agents involved in the Clinton and Russia probes who would have checked him.
Faulkner countered that those other agents weren't privy at the time to Strzok's controversial texts.
Watch the "Outnumbered Overtime" segment above.