Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Lisa Page defies Congressional subpoena and will NOT appear to talk

Lisa Page defies Congressional subpoena and will NOT appear to talk

Page and Strzok have been ensnared in a Republican firestorm for months over text messages they exchanged disparaging Donald Trump while working on the Hillary Clinton email probe and Russian Federation investigations, but her attorney said Wednesday there is "no basis for claims that Lisa has anything to hide or is unwilling to testify".

Anti-Trump FBI lawyer Lisa Page confirmed Wednesday her willingness to testify before Congressional leaders "later this month", facing heated questions over her politically biased text exchanges with DOJ official Peter Strzok.

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

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.

Page and Strzok became the center of the controversy about alleged political bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department after their text messages were released.

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Page's attorney said that she and Page did not have enough time to prepare for the meeting, and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was less than accommodating when they went to go over materials had been given to Congress.

Attorney Amy Jeffress told Fox News that Page would not appear on Capitol Hill on Wednesday because they did not have enough time to prepare. "The FBI has agreed to provide Lisa with her notes and other documents to allow her to prepare, but they have not provided those documents to date, so we are still waiting to work out a reasonable date for her interview".

"It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide", Goodlatte said in his statement.

The [House Judiciary and Oversight] Committees' bullying tactics here are unnecessary.

"Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!" That includes showing up at a public hearing with Strzok on Thursday, appearing for a closed door deposition Friday or facing more legal trouble.

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In response, House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte said Page has known for months about an interview, and the committee will use "all tools at our disposal" to obtain it.

The Judiciary and Oversight panels have already spent much of the summer holding hearings and interviews critical of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department. 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. 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. President Trump continued in a subsequent tweet.

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.

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

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