Dem. Rep. to Peter Strzok: 'If I Could Give You a Purple Heart, I Would'
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On Thursday, FBI agent Peter Strzok testified on Capitol Hill, answering questions about his anti-Trump bias and the investigation into alleged ties between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia. Strzok gave conflicting explanations of his anti-Trump text messages and dodged important questions, but Democrats in Congress proved quite happy with his testimony.
"If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would. You deserve one," Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) told Strzok.
"This has been an attack on you [and] the investigation, to get to Russian collusion involved in our election which is what this committee should be looking at," the Democrat continued.
Cohen went on to characterize Trump's campaign — not the FBI agent whose texts explicitly promised to keep Trump from winning the election — as "a direct strike at democracy and what this country is about, free and fair elections."
He said this of a man who laughably argued that his anti-Trump texts did not indicate bias in his FBI investigation of Trump.
It is a great irony that Peter Strzok's bias against Trump may have actually helped the Republican win the 2016 election. When new evidence in the Clinton email scandal came to light, Strzok apparently delayed looking into it, attempting to avoid addressing it until after the election. Instead, the delay led to former FBI director James Comey's infamous last-minute declaration that he was reopening the case, a mere week before the election.
Democrats have blamed Clinton's loss on Comey's decision to announce his reopening of the case, and that event may have contributed to Trump's victory. How ironic if Strzok, in an attempt to keep Trump from winning, actually made it happen?