The hearing with FBI agent, Peter Strzok, fell apart from the very first question. Democrats became unhedged:
GOWDY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Agent Strzok, the FBI investigation into potential Russia collusion with the Trump campaign began on July 31, 2016. You drafted the originating document. You approved the originating document. You were the point of contact on the originating document. And the FBI has represented to Congress that nothing from an investigative standpoint, with respect to Russian collusion and the Trump campaign began before July 31, 2016.
But 10 days before the investigation even began, 10 days before you drafted the originating document, approved the originating document with the point of contact on the originating document, 10 days before the investigation began — which the department you work for says nothing was done before July 31st — you said, “Trump is a disaster. I have no idea how destabilizing his presidency would be.”
And because you struggled a couple of weeks ago with a word that I thought a commonly accepted definition, I’m going to go ahead and give you the definition of destabilizing. The first one, kind of, is obvious. It’s to make unstable.GOWDY: The second one caught my attention — the second dictionary definition: to call something such as a government to be incapable of functioning or surviving. That’s a pretty significant allegation to make 10 days before you even began to investigate someone. So, that was before July 31st. I want to ask you, in that first week — we’ll go ahead and up it to eight days. Between July 31st and August 8th, how many interviews did you conduct related to the alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign?
STRZOK: So, Congressman, as you know, the council for the FBI, based on the special counsel’s equities has instructed me not to answer questions about the ongoing investigations…