Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok told Congressional leaders on Thursday that their attempt to hold him accountable for his actions in light of his strong anti-Trump political bias is a “victory” for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Strzok made the comments during a Congressional hearing on how his animus toward Donald Trump and fondness for Hillary Clinton impacted investigations involving both political figures in which he played an integral role.
“I understand we are living in a political era in which insults and insinuation often drown out honesty and integrity,” Strzok said during his opening statement. “But the honest truth is that Russian interference in our elections constitutes a grave attack on our democracy.”
Strzok then claimed that Congress’ attempt to hold him accountable for his actions was a win for Putin and the Russian leader’s goal of destroying the United States.
“Most disturbingly, it has been wildly successful — sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions,” Strzok continued. “I have the utmost respect for Congress’s oversight role, but I truly believe that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”