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The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday released the transcript from a closed-door interview with former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence official Peter Strzok in which he argued to a joint congressional panel that text messages he sent expressing disdain for Donald Trump had been misconstrued to be more disparaging than intended.

Strzok, who played a leading role in the FBI's concurrent probes of Trump and Clinton, exchanged anti-Trump text messages with then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok confirmed he was having an affair.

"If there's an allegation, he, of all people, but everybody would want to know: if this is going on in my campaign I want you to tell me about it", Strzok said.

The DOJ agreed not to look into certain emails on the private servers of Hillary Clinton during its investigation in order to facilitate FBI access to them, released closed-door testimony of former FBI agent Peter Strzok shows. Strzok said he believed that to be the case. The counterintelligence investigation was the real, abusive deal, and it continues today under the authority of Special Counsel Robert Mueller (see transcript page 37).

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Both Page and Strzok no longer work at the FBI - Page resigned and Strzok was sacked.

In a tweet Wednesday, Paul also stressed how Page said she knew of "almost no evidence of collusion" in the federal Russian Federation investigation as late as May 2017.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story was improperly worded so as to imply the tarmac meeting referenced in the post was an unfounded claim. A transcript of Page's remarks was published Tuesday as part of a major document release by the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe also backed up Comey's account, further explaining in his book why the group of FBI officials involved agreed it was best to describe her conduct as "extremely careless", instead of the more legally damning phrase, "grossly negligent", since there was agreement that her conduct did not rise to an indictable offense.

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