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The lawyer for the FBI counterintelligence agent who said “we’ll stop” then-candidate Donald Trump from becoming president is accusing House Republicans of leaking portions of his client’s private interview, setting him up for a “trap” to return to testify publicly next week.
In a scathing letter to the House Judiciary Committee obtained by the Washington Examiner, Aitan Goelman, the attorney for Peter Strzok, slams certain Republican lawmakers for behavior that “has transcended the bounds of decency, civility and fair dealing, even for this deeply divided political era.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Strzok gave a closed-door, transcribed interview to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees last Wednesday, after offering to testify publicly. That 10-plus-hour interview occurred after a subpoena was issued by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. — even though Strzok had said he would appear voluntarily.
“Having sharpened their knives behind closed doors, the committee would now like to drag back Special Agent Strzok and have him testify in public — a request that we originally made and the committee denied,” Goelman wrote. “What’s being asked of Special Agent Strzok is to participate in what anyone can recognize as a trap.”
The report continues:
“The Committee’s desire to place political grandstanding over justice is further evidenced by its insistence that Pete speak to no other committee until it has finished with him. Given that the Committee has proven it is playing political games, violating both our trust and its own rules, it no longer makes sense for us to keep playing along,” Goelman wrote.
Goelman added: “[Strzok] is willing to testify again, and he is willing to testify publicly. Any suggestion that he is trying to avoid doing so is an outright lie. He might even be willing to testify publicly before this Committee. But not under conditions that are so obviously designed to embarrass and trap an honorable man who has spent 25 years serving his country in the military and in law enforcement.”
According to the report, Goelman said Strzok will not accept an invitation to testify publicly on July 10.
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