FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok released a letter Sunday afternoon through his lawyer saying that he will voluntarily testify in Congress and there’s no need for a subpoena:
STRZOK intends to voluntarily testify before the House Judiciary Committee, his lawyer says.
The letter: pic.twitter.com/uHLwZ6rguT
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 17, 2018
It had been thought that Strzok would plead the 5th, but this doesn’t look likely now:
Let's all watch FBI Agent Peter Strzok take the 5th now! https://t.co/fHjxNVNr8G
— Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) June 16, 2018
Strzok’s lawyer told the Washington Post that his client “wants the chance to clear his name and tell his story”:
Peter Strzok, who was singled out in a recent Justice Department inspector general report for the politically charged messages, would be willing to testify without immunity, and he would not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to any question, his attorney, Aitan Goelman, said in an interview Sunday. Strzok has become a special target of President Trump, who has used the texts to question the Russia investigation.
Goelman said Strzok “wants the chance to clear his name and tell his story.”
Prior to this announcement, President Donald Trump blamed Strzok for the entire Russia investigation:
The IG Report totally destroys James Comey and all of his minions including the great lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who started the disgraceful Witch Hunt against so many innocent people. It will go down as a dark and dangerous period in American History!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2018
Get the popcorn, because this is going to be good.