After Explaining ‘We’ll Stop It’ Text Message, Strzok Then Claims He Doesn’t Recall Writing It
GOWDY: "On August the 8th, you still hadn’t interviewed anyone. You’re eight days into your Russian collusion with the Trump campaign investigation, and you’ve got another text from your colleague, Lisa Page. Trump’s not ever going to become president, right? Right? And you replied, no. No, he’s not. We’ll stop it. By the time you promised to stop him from becoming president on August the 8th, how many interviews had you conducted?"
STRZOK: "Mr. Gowdy, so two answers to that. One, with regard to how many interviews had or had not been conducted, I have been directed by counsel for the FBI not to answer that question. Second, sir, I think it’s important to take those texts in the context of how they were written and what they meant."
GOWDY: "And someone may ask you that question, Agent Strzok, but I didn’t. I asked you, how many people you interviewed before you wrote it. If you want to get into context, let one of my other colleagues [do that with you. Here’s what I want to know. Who is the 'He' in 'He’s not'?"
STRZOK: "'He' is then candidate Trump."
GOWDY: "So the question of becoming president,] what’s the 'it'?"
STRZOK: "Chairman Gowdy, that text needs to be taken in the context —"
GOWDY: "I’m asking — look. If you want to have a debate over a two-letter word, we’re going to have to do that some other time. What and who did you mean by 'it'?"
STRZOK: "Mr. Gowdy, as I’ve stated, that text was written late at night in shorthand —"
GOWDY: "I don’t care when it was written. I don’t care whether it was longhand, cursive. I don’t care about any of that. I want to know what 'it' meant, agent Strzok?"
STRZOK: "It would be his candidacy for the presidency. And my sense that American population —"
GOWDY: "It’s not that tough."
STRZOK: "— would not vote him into office."