“I thought at times, it wasn’t working for Republicans, I’ve gotta say,” Ingraham said of the hearing Thursday evening. ”I think Peter Strzok did not come across particularly well. Kind of priggish, very, to me, kind of snooty and indignant. I never think that that works well for a witness.”
“I like Louie Gohmert a lot — I thought that moment, that exchange with Gohmert and Strzok — I didn’t think that was good,” she added. “And I wouldn’t want to have been one of the Republicans on that committee when that went down.”
The comments come after Gohmert addressed Strzok’s extramarital affair.
“I can’t help but wonder when I see you when I see you looking there with the little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eye and lie to her about Lisa Page,” Gohmert said during the hearing.
It was revealed last year that Strzok and fellow FBI agent Lisa Page, who both worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, had an affair and exchanged text messages critical of Trump. Strzok was removed from the Mueller investigation last year and Page resigned from her post in 2018.
Strzok also was a leading official in the FBI’s investigation on Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
During the hearing Thursday, Strzok fielded many questions regarding the text messages, which he claimed were written “late at night” and “off-the-cuff.”
“Like many people, I had and expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election,” Strzok said. “Many contained expressions of concern for the security of our country — opinions that were not always expressed in terms I am proud of.”
Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a letter to Congress — prior to the release of his June report that detailed misconduct of how the FBI managed its Clinton probe — that the texts between Strzok and Page negatively impacted the FBI’s standing by signaling there was bias within the agency, but Horowitz ultimately determined that the scandal didn’t impact Mueller’s probe.