Gowdy Tackles Strzok During Testimony, Insults His Mother
In the midst of increasing hostility between FBI agent Peter Strzok and Congressman Trey Gowdy during a morning hearing regarding texts demonstrating Strzok may have had an anti-Trump bias, Gowdy launched himself across the room, tackling Strzok to the floor, screaming “give me your phone!”
During Strzok’s first public testimony regarding the texts, he remained insistent that he had no anti-Trump bias, asking, “Why can’t you swallow this?” The tension erupted when Gowdy responded, “I asked your mother the same thing last night.” The two insulted each others’ mothers for several minutes before they were brought back to the topic at hand.
After several failed attempts from Gowdy to get information out of Strzok regarding an ongoing investigation, meaning that it was information he couldn’t share, Gowdy jumped out of his chair, lunging at Strzok. After fighting for several minutes, Gowdy overpowered Strzok and took his phone. Upon returning to his seat, he began to read through the contents of the phone.
“You still play Candy Crush?” yelled Gowdy, laughing. Strzok sunk in his chair, his face red, as he asked that his phone be returned to him. His request was denied as Gowdy continued. “How many crossword puzzle apps do you need? You’re like a walking game of solitaire!” No compromising videos were found on Strzok’s phone, although several hundred pictures depicting “gratuitous hand-holding” were discovered.
Strzok’s phone was eventually returned to him. He was picked up by ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who asked him if he had a nice day as she handed him his lunchbox. Gowdy was asked if the new information had changed his thoughts on Strzok. “He’s so bland and safe. The man is not a risk-taker by any stretch. He wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize his job. Probably a decent human being. So do I think he acted maliciously to impede any investigation into Trump? Absolutely.”