Republicans demand interview with ex-FBI lawyer this week

Republicans demand interview with ex-FBI lawyer this week

Republicans demand interview with ex-FBI lawyer this week

Republicans on Capitol Hill say they're considering holding former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page in contempt after she did not appear for an interview Wednesday under subpoena, but her lawyer maintains she's more than willing to cooperate and House leaders have resorted to "bullying" tactics.

Ryan, asked about Page's decision not to testify Wednesday, said, "I am very disturbed by this".

"This statement from Lisa Page's attorneys could've been better summed up in one short sentence: 'We're choosing to ignore a Congressional subpoena, '" he tweeted. "She has an obligation to come testify". If she wants to come and plead the Fifth, that's her choice.

Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress! "It's mandatory. She needs to comply", he added. She and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, who is set to testify publicly before the committees Thursday, exchanged disparaging text messages about then-candidate Donald Trump throughout the 2016 campaign. She resigned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in May.

He warned of unspecified action by the committees to force her to testify, leaving Page at potential risk of a contempt of Congress citation. 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.

In a letter to the committees' chairmen, they said an inquiry originally billed as reviewing the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server "has morphed into a partisan, abusive, and improper inquisition of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation of President Trump's campaign and its connections to Russian Federation".

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Page and Strzok are major figures in a Republican effort to discredit the FBI and protect Trump from allegations that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign and that he tried to obstruct the investigation into those allegations.

Strzok, meanwhle, is scheduled for a hearing on Thursday, after previously having a lengthy private meeting in June.

Page's lawyer said the committee issued the subpoena on Saturday, July 7, and would have been asking her about material her lawyer said she had not yet been shown.

The House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees are interested in Page as part of their investigation into what they say is bias at the Justice Department.

Republican lawmakers have seized on a text in which Mr. Strzok discusses "an insurance policy" against the president and another in which he vowed to stop Mr. Trump from becoming president as evidence the Mueller investigation is biased.

Page and fellow Federal Bureau of Investigation employee Peter Strzok were involved in an extramarital affair.

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