There's never been more sass in one room than when FBI agent Peter Strzok faced the House on Thursday.
The House Oversight and Judiciary committees' joint hearing with Strzok, who led the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, was expected to get a little divisive. In texts with FBI lawyer Lisa Page revealed in June, Strzok pledged to "stop" President Trump's election, leading many to think the investigation was rigged against Trump.
After some opening statements, lawmakers got into questioning ... each other on how to question Strzok.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) then went on sarcasm-laden monologue when he got the chance to grill Strzok. This is just a small chunk:
“Can’t [Strzok] answer the questions that you promised he would have an opportunity to answer? He endured 15 minutes of badgering of the witness, can he be allowed now to answer as you promised?” Rep. Cicilline says after Rep. Gowdy grills Strzok https://t.co/3x4HT39ijxpic.twitter.com/eHFy6Dnc2n
Strzok responded with a heated defense of the FBI's integrity and rebuke of Trump, which prompted Democratic applause:
FBI Agent Peter Strzok applauded by Democratic members of House Oversight Committee after passionate response to Rep. Trey Gowdy, saying Gowdy's accusation "deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive." pic.twitter.com/m2Hbc9kPPQ
And then, why not, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon:
"I moved to subpoena Steve Bannon. He was a witness in the House committee investigation he was under subpoena and he refused to answer the question," Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, attempts bring about a motion, which is denied by the committee chair https://t.co/AGYdXb6SQ6pic.twitter.com/hMOiSiCOAk