House Republicans to Question FBI Agent About Anti-Trump Texts

Report: 2 House Committees Will Interview Lisa Page This Week

Lisa Page - whose affair with FBI agent Peter Strzok has led Trump to dub the pair the "FBI lovers" - was due to give a deposition before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees Wednesday over her role in those investigations.

"Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said Page had "no excuse" for not appearing, and threatened to have her charged with contempt if she did not show up to testify by Friday".

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. Jeffress also said Page had been attempting to access documents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prepare for the hearing.

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for Page's testimony earlier this week.

Page and Strzok have been ensnared in a Republican firestorm for months over text messages they exchanged disparaging Donald Trump while working on the Hillary Clinton email probe and Russian Federation investigations, but her attorney said Wednesday there is "no basis for claims that Lisa has anything to hide or is unwilling to testify".

Strzok and Page worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but Strzok was removed when the texts were discovered past year.

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

"She's known for about seven months", said Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia.

The House can vote to hold people who defy subpoenas in contempt of Congress. Ryan said Wednesday the House will "do what we need to do to protect this branch of government". "But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional; it's mandatory". If a majority is in favor of contempt, the full House would then vote on a resolution.

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

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 2016 presidential election.

"Lisa Page is a key witness, and it is critical that she come before our committees to answer questions as part of our investigation", he said.

Even several committee Republicans don't expect that Page will seriously consider taking up the offer for her to appear at the hearing Thursday, to be questioned alongside Strzok.

Meadows said Wednesday morning that the Federal Bureau of Investigation told him there was a "technical glitch" preventing her from getting access to the relevant materials Tuesday, but he later argued that the fact Page couldn't get access to classified material wasn't relevant because the interview would have been held in an unclassified setting. Trump tweeted. "Wow, but is anybody really surprised!"

In a second tweet, Trump wrote: "How can the Rigged Witch Hunt proceed when it was started, influenced and worked on, for an extended period of time, by former FBI Agent/Lover Peter Strzok?". Trump tweeted. "Read his hate filled and totally biased Emails and the answer is clear!"

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page backed away from a planned interview on Capitol Hill Wednesday. "Americans across the country are alarmed at the bias exhibited by top officials at the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and it is imperative Congress conduct vigorous oversight to ensure that never happens again".

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

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