Attorney: Ex-FBI lawyer Page won't show for House interview

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

Two House panels are set to interview former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page in a closed door meeting.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear for a closed-door deposition in front of the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee.

Napolitano said Wednesday that if Page does, in fact, need more time to prepare, she should be given that time in order to ensure a truthful testimony. 'She was a part of a mess that they have uncovered over at DOJ. In June, Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, who conducted a review into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, said that the text between Page and Strzok "potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations" but concluded any anti-Trump bias had no significant impact on decisions in the Clinton email investigation.

Page, who worked for Andrew McCabe when he was Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director and briefly served on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team, "was part of the mess that we've uncovered over at DOJ", Ryan said.

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

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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. Democrats have strongly objected to the GOP-led investigation, saying it is an attempt to undermine Mueller's probe and sway public opinion against investigators.

Some former Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials say the tactics observed in recent months illustrate a clear desire by House Republicans to score political points instead of genuine fact-finding.

A report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog released last month detailed the texts between the two, including an exchange in which Strzok said, "we'll stop it", in reference to a potential Trump election win. Page had already left the Mueller team.

"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.

Mr. Nadler called the Republicans' investigation into bias by the Justice Department and FBI surrounding probes related to the 2016 election a "political charade" to "elevate far-right conspiracy theories".

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Trump tweeted Wednesday: "Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!"

In a letter to her lawyer Amy Jeffress, Goodlatte said she had a choice of appearing publicly along with Strzok in a hearing on Thursday, or accepting to be deposed privately on Friday at 10:00 am.

During FBI agent Peter Strzok's closed-door interview with lawmakers last month, House Republicans seemed to care more about a relationship he had with a colleague and probing the Mueller investigation than they did about Russian Federation interfering with a USA election.

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

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