Herridge: Big Headline From Strzok Hearing Is How He Explained His 'We'll Stop' Trump Text
Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge said the big headline from Peter Strzok's testimony to Congress was the embattled FBI official's explanation of his infamous text in which he wrote "we'll stop" a Trump presidency.
A 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.
Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe earlier this year after his texts were revealed.
Herridge said Strzok claimed that the "we" in the "we'll stop" Trump text did not refer to like-minded, anti-Trump individuals at the FBI, but instead the democratic process and American voters.
She noted, however, that Strzok appeared to give "some conflicting testimony" regarding that particular text message.
She explained that he initially said he didn't remember the text, but then later said it was written late at night and had to be taken in the context that it was sent about a week after then-candidate Trump made what Strzok believed were disparaging statements about a Gold Star family.
"There was a discrepancy," Herridge said. "Originally, he said he did not recall it, then he provided some detail."
Herridge said the hearing also provided new details about Mueller's termination of Strzok.
"He said that meeting was about 15 minutes and that Mueller had said that he had reviewed the text messages and would be firing agent Strzok," Herridge said. "But agent Strzok argued very vigorously today that it was about appearance and it was not about political bias."
She noted that Strzok's claim that there was no bias in his professional actions was flat-out rejected by House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and other Republican lawmakers.
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