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Had damaging information on Trump: FBI agent

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Controversial FBI agent said on Thursday that he had damaging information on US Prtesident during the 2016 US that may have derailed his campaign.

"This information had the potential to derail and quite possibly defeat Mr. Trump, but the thought of expressing that, or exposing that information never crossed my mind," quoted Strzok as telling to lawmakers during a congressional hearing.

Strzok denied that the FBI was biased against then-candidate and rejected that his actions in the probe after the 2016 election had political motivations.

"Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took," the FBI agent said during the contentious hearing in

Strzok has been widely criticized for a text exchange he had during the electoral campaign with an FBI lawyer, who asked him if would be president, to which the agent responded: "No, he's not. We'll stop it."

The official took part in the investigation regarding Hillary Clinton's use of a for during her tenure as US and was involved in the probe, led by Robert Mueller, although he was taken off the case after his text exchange was revealed.

Strzok's case has been used by the and many Republicans to discredit Mueller's investigation on alleged ties between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin.



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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 07:20 IST