Peter Strzok Says “We’ll Stop It” Text Was In Response To Donald Trump’s Attack On Gold Star Family [VIDEO]
“We’ll stop it.” Appearing before the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees, Peter Strzok claimed that this anti-Trump text came in response to President Donald Trump’s “horrible, disgusting behavior” towards the family of a fallen war hero.
Strzok’s testimony was in reference to Trump’s controversial comment towards the parents of fallen soldier Humayun Khan at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. During the convention, the soldier’s father, Khizr Khan paid tribute to his 27-year-old son, an Army captain, who died saving his unit from an Iraqi suicide bomb.
Trump later commented on the speech with a personal attack against the Muslim family. He suggested that the wife, who quietly stood by her husband, maybe “wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.” The comment implied that the mother was not allowed to speak due to the stereotype of female subservience being expected in some traditional strains of Islam.
During the hearing, Strzok later claimed that it was this “horrible disgusting, behavior” that prompted him to send the text, “we’ll stop it” in response to concerns over Trump being elected. He clarified, however, that it was an “off-the-cuff” statement of belief “that the American population would not elect someone demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States.”
When interviewed by the DOJ’s Inspector General, fellow FBI agent Lisa Page, the original recipient of Strzok’s texts, claimed she was “totally appalled that the President would insult the father of a dead service member… And just find that unconscionable and disgusting and cruel.”
Grilled by Rep. Trey Gowdy (Rep.-S.C.), Strzok also denied claims of the texts having any greater meaning. “[The text] was in no way, unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the FBI, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate,” Strzok asserted.
Check out Strzok’s testimony below, courtesy of MSNBC:
WATCH: Strzok says his text was in response to “Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero. My presumption, based on that horrible, disgusting behavior — that the American population would not elect someone demonstrating that behavior to be president of the U.S.” pic.twitter.com/uHX5ZqLlxS
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