Panel subpoenas ex-FBI lawyer Page for interview

Larry Hoffman
July 14, 2018

President Donald Trump and his GOP allies have seized on the texts between Strzok and Page as evidence that the FBI's investigation into Trump and Russian Federation has been tainted by biased investigators.

Republicans on Capitol Hill say they're considering holding former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page in contempt after she did not appear for an interview Wednesday under subpoena, but her lawyer maintains she's more than willing to cooperate and House leaders have resorted to "bullying" tactics.

"Despite repeated promises by Republicans that they would not interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, they asked hundreds of questions during our recent interview of Peter Strzok demonstrating that their investigation has become exactly that - an attempt to obstruct Special Counsel Mueller's work and act as President Trump's defense counsel", Mr. Cummings said.

Strzok was removed from Mueller's team when the texts were discovered previous year.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page is defying a congressional subpoena and will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for a scheduled closed-door interview.

President Trump lashed out at Page in a tweet on Wednesday evening, accusing her of aiding a "rigged witch hunt" at the Federal Bureau of Investigation against him. She resigned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in May. "We are working to arrange that process quickly so that we can move forward with her appearance before the Committees".

He is scheduled to appear again in a public hearing Thursday morning. "We expect them to agree to another date so that Lisa can appear before the committees in the near future", Jeffress said in the statement.

Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!

The two committees' "bullying tactics here are unnecessary", she added.

"A subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional, it's mandatory", Ryan said. One of the messages included a reference of stopping Trump for winning the election, but the Justice Department Inspector General's report released last month found no bias existed.

"She's known for about seven months", said Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia.

"Americans across the country are alarmed at the bias exhibited by top officials at the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and it is imperative Congress conduct vigorous oversight to ensure that never happens again".

Members of the committee, especially Republicans and Trump defenders, had hoped to have Page's testimony before Strzok appears publicly on Thursday.

The letter lays out a timeline, stating that, if Page does not appear, the committee "intends to initiate contempt proceedings" on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Trump torched Page and Strzok on Tuesday while aboard Air Force One headed to Brussels.

Strzok was already interviewed privately by lawmakers on the two committees for 11 hours June 27.

Most recently, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein fended off such accusations from top Republican Reps.

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