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Attorney: Ex-FBI lawyer Page won't show for House interview

14 July 2018
Attorney: Ex-FBI lawyer Page won't show for House interview

She was expected to answer questions about her relationship with FBI Agent Peter Strzok and a series of text messages from 2016 about stopping Donald Trump from winning the White House.

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.

Strzok and Page both worked under former FBI Director James Comey during the FBI's investigation of Clinton's emails.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, subpoenaed Page to attend a deposition on Wednesday, the sources said, one day before Strzok is slated to testify publicly before the two House panels.

Lisa Page has ignored a subpoena from Congressional investigators who have abandoned the Russian Federation investigation and pivoted to investigating the FBI instead. She resigned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in May.

"We will use all tools at our disposal to obtain her testimony", he added.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks following a House Republican Conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 11. Amy Jeffress said Page had offered to voluntarily appear before the committees later this month, but needed more clarification about what the lawmakers would be asking.

"It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide", he said.

Goodlatte said that he doesn't buy Page's claim that she couldn't sufficiently prepare, noting the committees informed Page in December they would seek to speak to her.

Page was schedule to testify before Congress Wednesday.

"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".

Trump has seized on Page and Strzok's inflammatory texts, which were detailed in a report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog last month, to paint the FBI and Mueller's investigation as biased. Democrats have strongly objected to the GOP-led investigation, saying it is an attempt to undermine Mueller's probe and sway public opinion against investigators.

A handful of House Judiciary and House Oversight committee members gathered an hour after Page's interview was scheduled to start to discuss next steps.

Text messages between the two that investigators found on Page's work cell phone included numerous derogatory references to Trump.

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), suggested Wednesday that "the real reason" Republicans were weighing contempt measures against Page was to "set up a dramatic thing" before Strzok's public interview Thursday.

House Republicans have engaged in a war of words and threats against the Justice Department for withholding information about the Trump-Russia investigation.