Ex-FBI Lawyer Page Refusing To Answer House Subpoena

Ex-FBI Lawyer Page Refusing To Answer House Subpoena

Ex-FBI Lawyer Page Refusing To Answer House Subpoena

During the 2016 presidential campaign they exchanged text messages that suggested they would take whatever action was necessary to prevent Donald Trump from being elected President and to secure Hillary Clinton's election.

Page's lawyer Amy Jeffress said in a statement that the committee issued a subpoena on Saturday without providing Page with the scope of the interview and before she was able to view the materials that had been produced to Congress, such as her anti-Trump text messages exchanged with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok. Both were removed from the Mueller probe a year ago after the Justice Department's internal watchdog made the special counsel aware of the anti-Trump text messages.

Minutes before he leveled his attack on Twitter against Strzok, the president also tore into Page for her reported plans to defy a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee. Trump tweeted. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a statement regarding Page.

"This is the Federal Bureau of Investigation we're talking about - that is treason", Trump said. "That is a treasonous act".

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.

"As a result", he concluded, "Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time".

"All she is asking is to be treated as other witnesses have under the Committees" own rules, ' Jeffress said.

"A subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional, it's mandatory", Ryan said.

A report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog released last month detailed the texts between the two, including an exchange in which Strzok said, "we'll stop it", in reference to a potential Trump election win.

Jeffress accused the panels of using unnecessary "bullying tactics" to push Page into an interview immediately, especially when "she has offered to voluntarily appear before the committees later this month".

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. "Total disgrace!" the president tweeted Monday. The investigation is looking at Russian ties to Trump's campaign and whether Trump obstructed justice.

Trump continued his criticism of Page and Strzok on Twitter Wednesday from Europe, where he had attended a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

As the committees have investigated bias at the Justice Department, they have focused much of their ire on Strzok.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have rejected suggestions of bias against Trump, and have assured Congress that Mueller is conducting his probe appropriately.

Strzok was interviewed in closed session with lawmakers for 11 hours last month and his lawyer has asked the transcript be made public.

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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