Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert on Thursday blasted FBI agent Peter Strzok for his affair with former FBI attorney Lisa Page, drawing outrage from his Democratic cohorts.
Mr. Strzok was testifying before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees investigating the FBI and Justice Department’s role investigating the 2016 presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and President Trump.
During a question, Mr. Gohmert accused Mr. Strzok of lying under oath and embarrassing the FBI.
“You’ve embarrassed them,” the Texas Republican said. “You’ve embarrassed yourself. I can’t help 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 —”
Mr. Strzok interrupted the lawmaker before he could finish his question.
“Your decision to bring up my wife, a person I have acknowledge I have hurt, says more about your character than mine, sir,” he said.
Democrats on the committees erupted, with one yelling that Mr. Gohmert’s question was “intolerable harassment of a witness!”
Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page are at the center of a political firestorm over a texts they exchanged disparaging President Trump while part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.