Anti-Trump FBI lawyer snubs congressional subpoena

Elias Hubbard
July 13, 2018

House Republican leaders strongly suggested they would seek punitive measures against former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, a key witness in their reviews of the bureau's probes into Hillary Clinton's emails and President Trump's suspected Russian Federation ties, after she refused to appear Wednesday under a summons for an interview with two congressional committees.

Page's attorney said that she and Page did not have enough time to prepare for the meeting, and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was less than accommodating when they went to go over materials had been given to Congress. Trump tweeted. "Wow, but is anybody really surprised!"

Page exchanged text messages critical of Donald Trump with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, who will testify publicly before the panel on Thursday.

Other GOP members of the Judiciary Committee slammed Page's refusal to appear, with Ron DeSantis of Florida calling it "pathetic" and Jim Jordan of OH said she was "once again showing the double standard".

Trump's tweet came during his visit to Brussels for the annual North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. "We have asked the Committees to schedule another date that would allow sufficient time for her to prepare". "Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional".

"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. 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". If she wants to come and plead the Fifth, that's her choice. But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional. "It's mandatory. She needs to comply", he added.

Trump tweeted Wednesday: "Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!" Her attorney said Page hadn't been given enough information about the committees' intended line of questioning.

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

House Republicans have suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation was conspiring against Trump during and after his presidential campaign, and the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are investigating the agency's actions.

Strzok and Page both worked under former FBI Director James Comey during the FBI's investigation of Clinton's emails.

"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?". Total disgrace!,' Trump wrote on Twitter.

The special counsel's team has already issued 20 indictments and secured guilty pleas from five individuals.

But it also outlined conversations between Strzok and Page that had never before seen the light of day.

Trump torched Page and Strzok on Tuesday while aboard Air Force One headed to Brussels. President Trump continued in a subsequent tweet. Right?!' Page texted Strzok. We'll stop it, ' he responded. The text messages were uncovered during the Justice Department inspector general's probe of the Clinton email investigation.

Aiming to discredit the probe, Trump and supporters in Congress have charged that Mueller's team is stacked with Democrats and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been opposed to him.

Strzok was questioned for 11 hours over his role and alleged bias in a closed hearing of the two committees two weeks ago.

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