"It was in response to a series of events that included then-candidate Trump insulting the immigrant family of a fallen war hero", Strzok said, "and my presumption based on that awful, disgusting behavior, that the American population would not elect someone demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States".
Strzok is testifying publicly on Capitol Hill for the first time since the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that heavily criticized his comments.
Unfortunately, due to the apparent angle of the broadcast Krassenstein was viewing, as well as an unfamiliarity with members of Congress, he misidentified Gohmert as Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat, who made sure to set the record straight.
Democrats loudly objected to Goodlatte's attempts to force Strzok to answer Gowdy's first question about how many witnesses were interviewed in the opening days of Russian Federation probe.
"'Did you let your political opinion affect your official duty in any way?' I expect her to say no", he said.
At one point, Strzok refused to answer questions, citing a directive by Federal Bureau of Investigation attorneys, leading the chairman to threaten him with contempt of Congress. Strzok says he never allowed personal opinions to taint his work.
And yet some analysts couldn't help but notice a hint of irony in Republicans' argument that Strzok's personal views must have influenced his official duty, while they simultaneously conduct investigations into politicians they openly support or oppose. He said the text, written late at night and off-the-cuff, reflected his belief that Americans would not stomach such "horrible, disgusting behaviour" by the presidential candidate.
"I think Peter Strzok did not come across particularly well, kind of priggish and to me kind of snooty and indignant".
Plus, he said, both investigations were handled by large teams.
"This has been an attack on you and a way to attack Mr. [Robert] Mueller and the investigation that is to get at Russian conclusion involved in our election, which is what this committee should be looking at", Cohen said of Republican attacks on Strzok.
Page is expected to speak to lawmakers at a private meeting Friday.
Page's appearance follows Strzok's explosive public hearing appearance on Thursday, where he tangled openly with Republican lawmakers.
"I don't recall writing that text", Strzok said during Thursday's open hearing with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.
After she did not appear on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan that "congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional", warning Page that the House could move to hold her in contempt if she did not comply.
"[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right?"
Last month, Rosenstein defended the pace of the document production in the joint hearing.
"To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, please replace President Trump's name with your own name in a small sample of things Mr. Strzok has said", he said.