Strzok faced the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Thursday to answer questions about his conduct during the 2016 investigations into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
The lengthy hearing quickly descended into a partisan shouting match, as Republicans and Democrats interrupted each other’s questions, heckling or applauding Strzok.
Strzok’s peculiar reaction to one question caught the eye of viewers and many took to Twitter to confirm that their eyes weren’t deceiving them, RT reported.
— Holly Bowie (@Hollybowie) July 12, 2018
Robert Morgan asked: “Is this actually real or has it been manipulated in some way?” When it was confirmed that the footage was undoctored, people were even more astounded.
Completely real. I personally recorded it from my tv. I was so shocked when I saw it and played it back. I only cut the first part of the arguing. This is the full recording I captured. I couldn’t believe it. pic.twitter.com/fL3Ji16qP1
— Holly Bowie (@Hollybowie) July 13, 2018
How is it possible that this man has risen to such a position of authority?
He clearly has significant emotional issues affecting his cognitive abilities.
This is what we are dealing with throughout the FBI folks.
— Craig Whitelock (@craig_whitelock) July 13, 2018
Peter Strzok does a good Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle though. pic.twitter.com/G8ccaMwl2a
— thatbotmike (@thatbotmike) July 13, 2018
The clip even caught the attention on Donald Trump Jr, who labeled Strzok, the former deputy assistant director for counterintelligence with the FBI, “the creepiest person in America.”
This guy has to be the creepiest person in America. OMG pic.twitter.com/gLWvwCiXIJ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 13, 2018
Strzok’s facial expressions were also noticed by the congressmen in the room and prompted one of the most dramatic moments of the hearing when Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) accused Strzok of outright lying.
“I can’t help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk; how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page,” Gohmert told Strzok, referring to the agent’s extramarital affair with his former colleague Lisa Page, with whom he exchanged anti-Trump text messages. Gohmert’s comment sparked vociferous objections from Democrats.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 12, 2018
The hearing evoked a significant reaction, with many describing it as a farce. Former New York mayor and current attorney to US President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, labelled it a “disgrace”and said it “taints the entire Mueller witch hunt.”
“President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him. All the results of the investigation are ‘fruit of the poison tree’ and should be dismissed,” he added.
Democrats seemed to agree with that sentiment, as California Congressman Ted Lieu said it was “a stupid and ridiculous hearing.”