Strzok Willing to Testify Before Congress

Posted: Jun 18, 2018 8:00 AM

The FBI agent who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with his colleague and lover is willing to testify before Congress, according to a letter released by his attorney on Sunday. 

Peter Strzok, who was removed from the Russia investigation into election meddling for the inappropriate politically-charged text messages, plans to appear before the House Judiciary Committee and any other congressional committee that wants him to testify. 

Attorney Aitan Goelman wrote to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) explaining it wasn’t necessary to begin the process of subpoenaing Strzok. 

"While you are, of course, free to continue pursuing this process, it is wholly unnecessary," Goelman wrote in the letter. 

"Special Agent Strzok, who has been fully cooperative with the [Justice Department] Office of Inspector General, intends to voluntarily appear and testify before your committee and any other Congressional committee that invites him," he continued. 

The attorney said the FBI agent would not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights and would be willing to testify without immunity.  

In an interview with The Washington Post, Goelman explained Strzok “wants the chance to clear his name and tell his story.”

“He thinks that his position, character and actions have all been misrepresented and caricatured, and he wants an opportunity to remedy that,” he added. 

Last week, it was revealed in a Department of Justice Inspector General report that Strzok texted FBI attorney Lisa Page that “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president. 

“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” the lawyer wrote to Strzok in August 2016. 

“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.