House Panels Give Ex-FBI Lawyer Two Last Chances to Testify

Report: 2 House Committees Will Interview Lisa Page This Week

Report: 2 House Committees Will Interview Lisa Page This Week

Lisa Page - whose affair with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok has led Trump to dub the pair the "FBI lovers" - was threatened with contempt of Congress charges after she failed to honor a subpoena to appear before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees Wednesday over her role in politically sensitive probes of Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

A handful of House Judiciary and House Oversight committee members gathered an hour after Page's interview was scheduled to start to discuss next steps.

"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. It was then that he heard the news that she may defy the subpoena and refuse to testify and condemned it as a "total disgrace".

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

Strzok had a leading role in the Clinton probe and was removed from the Mueller investigation after the texts were discovered a year ago. "In fact, Lisa and I went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation today today to review the materials that were previously produced to Congress related to her proposed interview, but after waiting more than three hours, we were not provided with any documents".

"Through her actions and words, Lisa has made it abundantly clear that she will cooperate with this investigation", Jeffress said. "The Judiciary Committee intends to initiate contempt proceedings on Friday, July 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.", they wrote in a letter Wednesday to her lawyer, Amy Jeffress. The pair exchanged texts sharply critical of Donald Trump when he was running for president in 2016.

Earlier he said Page appears to have "something to hide" by not appearing.

Page and Strzok both worked on the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and, later, special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

She has known for months that the House Judiciary Committee has sought her testimony as part of our joint investigation with the Oversight Committee into decisions made by the Justice Department in 2016, and she has no excuse for her failure to appear.

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

The Justice Department investigated text exchanges between the two in a June report conducted by the Inspector General.

Strzok was removed from Mueller's team when the texts were discovered past year.

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

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