Ex-FBI lawyer defies House Republicans' subpoena

Ex-FBI lawyer defies House Republicans' subpoena

Ex-FBI lawyer defies House Republicans' subpoena

Republican lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee are now weighing whether to pursue contempt measures against Page, who first came to their attention over a series of anti-Trump text messages she exchanged with Peter Strzok, then a top Federal Bureau of Investigation counterterrorism official, with whom she was having an affair.

The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page to appear for a private interview on Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the subpoena.

Still, President Trump has often disparaged both Page and Strzok while deriding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russian Federation.

Mueller, a Republican, removed Strzok from the inquiry when he learned about the text exchanges and Page has left the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Page had already left the Mueller team.

Infamous former Federal Bureau of Investigation official Lisa Page said through her lawyer Tuesday that she would not be testifying before Congress on Wednesday as they had requested. "We are working to arrange that process quickly so that we can move forward with her appearance before the Committees". He will return to Capitol Hill for the hearing on Thursday, the first time he will speak publicly about the messages. Her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, said in a statement that they are "still waiting to work out a reasonable date" for the interview.

On Wednesday Page indeed failed to appear before Congress.

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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.

Page's decision not to show up for the deposition Wednesday, under advice of her lawyer, prompted warnings from Goodlatte and other Republicans that the House would resort to whatever tools required to obtain her testimony, potentially including a contempt of Congress action.

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.

Page originally was scheduled to appear before both committees Wednesday as part of their investigation into alleged bias at the Justice Department. "Total disgrace!" the president tweeted Monday.

Strzok was questioned by Goodlatte's and Gowdy's committees for 11 hours behind closed doors on June 27.

House Republicans have been nevertheless aggressively pushing for interviews - including by serving Strzok with a subpoena for public testimony Thursday after declining to release a transcript of his closed-door testimony last month as his lawyer and Democrats demanded.

The Judiciary Committee also held a contentious hearing June 28 with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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