Infamous anti-Trump FBI official refuses congressional subpoena

Infamous anti-Trump FBI official refuses congressional subpoena

Infamous anti-Trump FBI official refuses congressional subpoena

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

Lisa Page, an ex-FBI lawyer who was romantically involved with former lead Trump-Russia investigator Peter Strzok, will not yet appear before the committee as she has not been told what topics will be discussed and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not given her documents to review, her attorney Amy Jeffress told Politico.

Strzok previously served as the chief of the FBI's counterespionage section and played a role in the early days of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Mueller, a Republican, removed Strzok from the inquiry when he learned about the text exchanges and Page has left the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to the Washington Examiner, Page's attorney confirmed her client's plan to comply with Congressional requests and appear before the House Judiciary Committee at an unspecified date. She added that Page first needed clarification about what the lawmakers would be asking and access to Federal Bureau of Investigation documents.

There was, however, one crucial document Page lacked before her planned appearance-the testimony of Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok.

"We will use all tools at our disposal to obtain her testimony", he added.

Page's lawyer Amy Jeffress said in a statement the subpoena was issued before Page was able to view the materials that had been produced to Congress. Bob Goodlatte, said Wednesday that Republicans recently were forced to call in U.S. Marshals to serve former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page with a subpoena to testify before Congress, as he accused Page of "apparently" having "something to hide".

The [House Judiciary and Oversight] Committees' bullying tactics here are unnecessary.

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. In one of the exchanges, Strzok wrote "we'll stop it" in reference to a potential Trump election win.

The letter lays out a timeline, stating that, if Page does not appear, the committee "intends to initiate contempt proceedings" on Friday at 10:30 a.m. The pair exchanged texts sharply critical of Donald Trump when he was running for president in 2016.

As the committees have investigated bias at the Justice Department, they have focused much of their ire on Strzok.

Members of the committee, especially Republicans and Trump defenders, had hoped to have Page's testimony before Strzok appears publicly on Thursday.

Most recently, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein fended off such accusations from top Republican Reps.

Strzok was interviewed behind closed doors by the committees for 11 hours last month.

House Republicans have engaged in a war of words and threats against the Justice Department for withholding information about the Trump-Russia investigation.

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