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Strzok testifies

(Paul Mirengoff) Peter Strzok appeared today before a joint session of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees. The event lived up to expectations in its contentiousness. Here are a few highlights, with commentary.
Immediately after the opening statements, Trey Gowdy, House Oversight Committee Chairman, asked Strzok how many people he interviewed during the first eight days of the FBI’s Russia investigation (between July 31 and Aug. 8, 2016). Strzok responded that he had been advised by the FBI’s lawyers not to address specifics of what is still an ongoing investigation — now the Mueller investigation.
Republicans promptly threatened to hold Strzok in contempt. Strzok then claimed he didn’t have to answer the question because, despite being subpoenaed by the committee, he had previously said he would speak voluntarily.
The notion that Strzok can avoid the requirements of subpoena because he said he would appear voluntarily seems flimsy, if not frivolous. In addition, it’s

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