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WASHINGTON DC- MARCH 24 FBI Director James Comey speaks as U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York listen during a news conference for announcing

WASHINGTON DC- MARCH 24 FBI Director James Comey speaks as U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York listen during a news conference for announcing

Strzok was dismissed from Robert Mueller's team once the text messages were uncovered by internal investigations.

As President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman sat in a federal courthouse Wednesday morning awaiting news of his prison sentence on conspiracy charges, Trump tweeted to rehash recently released testimony from one of his frequent targets: former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

"I can tell you that in no way would that extramarital affair have any power in coercing me to do anything other than obeying the law and doing honest, competent investigation", Strzok said.

In these transcripts of Page's testimony, released by ranking minority committee member Rep. Doug Collins, we learned, among other things, that Strzok looked at the Mueller investigation as his ticket to advancement in an FBI leading the impeachment effort against President Trump.

Strzok had worked on three major investigations before his firing previous year.

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Of course, former FBI Director James Comey previously told the House Oversight Committee that the bureau's decision not to prosecute Clinton was unanimous - a narrative that is clearly contradicted by Page's testimony. But his comments in the transcript of the closed-door interview are the most thorough to date explaining a text Strzok sent Page saying they could not take the "risk" of Trump getting elected.

"We need a special counsel to look at potential crimes by the Department of Justice, the FBI regarding the Clinton email investigation and the Russian Federation investigation against Trump", he added.

As Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel noted, Graham was referring to DOJ's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Strzok also noted he was not sure how often the FBI briefed retired personnel about closed cases - as they did in the Clinton email investigation in late October 2016.

Asked in general terms whether he had "ever been part of the FBI's efforts to infiltrate a USA political campaign" or "been part of an effort to put a spy in a US political campaign", Strzok said no.

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