Ex-FBI Lawyer Page Refusing To Answer House Subpoena

Report: 2 House Committees Will Interview Lisa Page This Week

"Instead of responding to our requests to explain the scope of the interview and provide sufficient notice to allow her to prepare, the Committees chose to issue a subpoena", Page's attorney wrote.

If Page doesn't agree to either of these options, the chairmen of the two panels, Judiciary's Bob Goodlatte and Oversight's Trey Gowdy, told her lawyer that she would face contempt of Congress proceedings.

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

"Wow, but is anybody really surprised!" She resigned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in May.

Page's attorney said late Tuesday that she would not appear for a private interview Wednesday with the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, despite a subpoena.

The private conversations raised serious questions over the FBI's handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server as well as the probe into Russian collusion during the 2016 election. If she doesn't, the Republicans said, they will initiate the contempt process at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The report did not find that the conclusions in the Clinton investigation were tainted by political bias, but criticized Strzok and Page for their conversations.

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.

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Page's attorney, Amy Jeffress, said in a statement that her client didn't have enough time to prepare for her interview.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal earlier this year, Trump said the text between Strzok and Page amounted to "treason" and had exposed an Federal Bureau of Investigation plot against him.

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

Indeed, as early as December 19, Goodlatte and oversight committee chair Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, asking the Justice Department to make Page available for an interview.

Strzok and Page worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but Strzok was removed when the texts were discovered a year ago. 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.

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. The pair exchanged texts sharply critical of Donald Trump when he was running for president in 2016.

Strzok was questioned for 11 hours over his role and alleged bias in a closed hearing of the two committees two weeks ago.

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

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