Acrimony, insults and a Congress endlessly split over…

By: NEWS AGENCIES

WASHINGTON (AP) – The long-awaited questioning of the FBI agent at the heart of the 2016 election probe was always expected to be one for the history books. But Congress outdid itself.

After 10 hours of finger-pointing, F-bomb reading and in-your-face testimony between special agent Peter Strzok and a joint panel of 70 lawmakers, one outcome is certain – the partisan divide over the investigation of Russian interference in the election of President Donald Trump remains precipitously deep, with no political bridge in sight.

Lawmakers have staked out defiantly opposing sides when it comes to oversight of the Trump administration. The level of acrimony poses a test for the ability of Congress to function.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok arrives to testify before the the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election," on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok arrives to testify before the the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing on “Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election,” on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., questions FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok during a hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election," on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., questions FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok during a hearing on “Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election,” on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, speaks with the ranking member of the committee Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., during a hearing with FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election," on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, speaks with the ranking member of the committee Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., during a hearing with FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok on “Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election,” on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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