'FBI lovers' lawyer refuses to testify on alleged anti-Trump bias

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan is warning former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page that she must appear for a private interview with two House committees investigating the Justice Department or the House could take action against her.

Page, who has been under fire for exchanging anti-Trump text messages with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok during the 2016 presidential election, was subpoenaed by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, according to reports. House Republicans have suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation was conspiring against Trump during and after his presidential campaign, and the two committees are investigating decisions made by the agency and the Justice Department during the election.

"Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!" wrote the U.S. President.

Embattled FBI Attorney Lisa Page was expected to testify behind closed doors on Capitol Hill today, but failed to comply with a congressional subpoena by refusing to show up. Trump tweeted. "Wow, but is anybody really surprised!"

The two officials had frequently exchanged anti-Trump text messages, including one vowing to "stop" Trump from becoming president.

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.

Strzok is scheduled to appear for a public hearing later this week, according to reports.

"We have asked the Committees to schedule another date that would allow sufficient time for her to prepare", the letter read. "Alternatively, your client, Lisa Page, could present herself for a deposition on Friday, July 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m". Jeffress also said Page had been attempting to access documents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prepare for the hearing.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday he was "very disturbed" by Page's refusal to show up and indicated he is willing to hold her in contempt of Congress.

"Through her actions and words, Lisa has made it abundantly clear that she will cooperate with this investigation".

"The Committees have not honored this request", Jeffress said.

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

The two agents, who were having an extra marital affair, were members of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which Trump routinely refers to as a 'witch hunt, ' and examining both Russia's role in the 2016 election along with being part of probe into Hillary Clinton's email server.

Page later left the Federal Bureau of Investigation but Strzok remains.

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

Democrats did not say what Strzok's responses to any of the questions were, but they did call for the full transcript of the meeting to be released by Republicans. Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Trump's national security advisor, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.

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