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

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

Trump ‘Total Disgrace’ Strzok and Page Getting Testimony Cold Feet U.S. Department of Justice Ohio State University 10 Jul 2018Washington DC

Page's lawyer Amy Jeffress told CBS News' Paula Reid that she and Page on Tuesday went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, her former employer, to review the materials that were sent to Congress, but they were not shown any documents after waiting more than three hours. Ryan and others have threatened contempt several times over the past year as other witnesses have defied subpoenas in the House intelligence committee's now-closed Russian Federation investigation and as the Justice Department has withheld documents, but they have yet to hold a vote on it.

"We will use all tools at our disposal to obtain her testimony", Goodlatte said. President Trump has seized on the Strzok and Page's texts to denounce the Mueller probe as nothing more than a "witch hunt".

The decision not to appear for Wednesday's scheduled deposition is sure to provoke a response from the committee, which could move to hold her in contempt of Congress.

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

"It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide", Goodlatte said. But her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, pushed back, arguing in a statement that Page needed "clarification of the scope of the Committee's interest in interviewing her and access to relevant documents" before she sat for an interview with the panels. "The Committees have not honored this request". Trump wrote that Page is an "Ex-FBI LAYER", which is not a thing. "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".

During 2016, Page and Strzok were having an affair while they were both involved in the politically charged investigation of Clinton, Trump's Democratic election rival, for misuse of classified materials on her private email server.

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House Republicans sent a letter to Jeffress on Wednesday that gave Page three options: show up to Thursday's public hearing, attend a closed-door deposition on Friday or face contempt of Congress proceedings beginning Friday morning.

But in a scathing report released last month, the Justice Department's inspector general found that several FBI employees, including Strzok, had compromised the agency's appearance of objectivity by voicing their political beliefs during ongoing investigations.

Strzok had a leading role in the Clinton probe and was removed from the Mueller investigation after the texts were discovered a year ago.

The committees are interested in Page as part of their investigation into what they say is bias at the Justice Department.

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.

The committees have focused much of their ire on Strzok, who was interviewed privately by lawmakers on the two committees for 11 hours June 27.

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